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23-year-old coach from Oregon charged with sending boy suggestive texts

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SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) — A traveling basketball coach from Oregon is charged with sending suggestive text messages to a teenage boy in Wisconsin.

Twenty-three-year-old Nicholas R. Bennett was charged Monday with using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and attempted child enticement.

WBAY-TV reports a judge set cash bond for Bennett at $100,000. Bennett, who lives in Portland, Oregon, was ordered to have no contact with anyone under 18 and no access to a computer or the Internet.

Bennett was in Shawano to coach a traveling basketball camp. Last Tuesday, the sheriff’s office says he began texting a 13-year-old Shawano boy who attended the camp.

Investigators say the texts were first about the boy’s athletic talents, but then became suggestive. The boy’s mother called the sheriff’s office when she saw the messages.