Windsor volleyball coach charged with child pornography, extortion

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A 51-year-old Windsor volleyball coach is facing several child pornography charges in connection with a relationship he allegedly had with a teen girl.

Windsor police began investigating the relationship between Arthur Yanamoto, coach at the Genesis Volleyball Club, and a girl who was under the age of 18 at the time of the alleged offences.

The coach was arrested April 11 and has been charged with making child pornography, telecommunications with a person under the age of 18 to make child pornography, possession of child pornography, distributing child pornography and extortion.

Team 'didn't deserve this,' says parent

A parent whose daughter plays on the team said he was "very shocked" when he learned about the charges.

"They are a great group of girls and they didn't deserve this," he added.

Coach won't have access to players

The Ontario Volleyball Association would not comment on the specifics of the case during the investigation, said manager of communications Jason Jackson.

"The safety and well being of our athletes is of the utmost importance," he said. "A criminal investigation is ongoing and the individual in question will not be permitted to participate in Ontario volleyball activities during that time."

Windsor police Sgt. Steve Betteridge said police are not sure whether or not there are more victims, but he said the coach and team were intentionally identified.

"Our message is that if there were any other victims, help and assistance is only a phone call away, and we would encourage them to come forward," he wrote in an email to CBC.

The Major Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate.