Volleyball Head Coach Arrested for Child Pornography

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IUPUI volleyball head coach Steve Payne was arrested Wednesday for possession of child pornography. In the wake of the incident, IUPUI has terminated his position with the university as explained by Chuck Carney in a statement on behalf of Indiana University:

“IUPUI leadership is aware of the IMPD police investigation resulting in the arrest of Steve Payne, head volleyball coach. The university is cooperating with the investigation. Due to the serious nature of the charges, IUPUI has terminated Payne from the university, effective immediately.

According to WishTV, Payne’s office was searched Wednesday by IMPD. Incriminating evidence was found, followed by an admittance by Payne to owning and viewing it online.

Payne, 54, was in the midst of his 22nd season at the helm of the IUPUI volleyball team at the time of his arrest. Lindsey Buteyn, formerly an assistant, will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

Payne leaves behind a 7-21 IUPUI volleyball team that is fighting for a playoff berth. Two crucial games, the last two of the season, take place this weekend. The Lady Jaguars will have to carry on without their head coach.

This story will be updated as more information is provided.

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