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Former volunteer soccer coach accused of child sex crimes

Benjamin Calloway worked with students at Algood Middle School as a volunteer boys soccer coach. Benjamin Calloway worked with students at Algood Middle School as a volunteer boys soccer coach.
COOKEVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

For the last couple years, 20-year-old Benjamin Calloway has worked with students at Algood Middle School as a volunteer boys soccer coach.

"He came into the school and wanted to work with the soccer team. We needed a coach," said Corby King, the attendance supervisor for the Putnam County Board of Education.

Officials say Calloway was a student at Tennessee Tech, studying to be an educator himself. But school officials say they have no idea what he was accused of while being off the field.

"He passed the background checks, went through everything that he needed to become an employee," King said.

Calloway was arrested July 11 and charged with two felonies, sexual exploitation of a minor and aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, as well exhibition of materials, which is a misdemeanor. Police believe had obscene materials with child nudity that he allegedly tried to distribute or exchange.

"The aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor does include distribution of child pornography," said Detective Sgt. Roger Cooper with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's deputies believe the crimes took place between October of last year and February of this year. They're releasing very few details about what went on, other than that the victim was between 13 and 16 years old at the time.

When school officials got a call from the local sheriff, they immediately let Calloway go.

"As soon as we were notified that he was under investigation, he was relieved of his duties," King said.

School officials say Calloway has since been replaced on the sidelines.

"Our number one priority is the safety of our students, and we did not want him around any of our students, if there is anything to that," King said.

Cooper said the sheriff's office has no reason to believe that any other children were involved with Calloway other than the victim or victims already in the investigation.

Calloway bonded out of jail and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 15.

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