Wisconsin Man Coached Youth Football Even After Arrest For Trying to Meet Up With 14-Year-Old

September 21, 2017 07:39 AM

A youth football coach in western Wisconsin is accused of trying to meet up with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

It was actually an undercover detective, leading to his arrest.


And KSTP learned the coach, Daniel Bengtson, ended up coaching kids even after his release from jail.

Bengtson was arrested Sept. 8 and taken to jail, but later posted bond.

He was released from jail Monday, and went straight to the Spring Valley High School football field to coach his youth football team - the Junior Redbirds.

According to the league president Lloyd Larriau, Bengtson has been a coach for two years.

Larriau said he got all the way through practice Monday before one of the parents noticed his mugshot online and brought it to his attention.

"I found out about five minutes before practice ended and I went down to have him leave practice," Larriau said. "And he left at that point, and then I called him on the phone last night and talked to him and told him he is no longer part of the organization."

Bengtson faces three felonies: attempted sexual assault of a child, child enticement and using a computer to commit a sex crime. Technically, his bond only says he can't have any unsupervised contact with minors. And in this case, since other adults were around, it does not appear he was in violation.

Although the Spring Valley school district is not connected with the league, the superintendent said he will look into it. The youth league uses district fields.



Ryan Raiche

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