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Man caught touching himself while watching child pornography sentenced to prison

Convicted man previously coached children, taught Sunday school

Local Coach Facing Federal Child Pornography Charges

DENVER - A man who was caught using an unsecured WiFi connection at Fort Carson to watch child pornography has been sentenced to federal prison.

The US Attorney's Office says Francis Calar, 54, was ordered to spend seven years in federal prison. He was also ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution each to six of his victims.

The FBI arrested Calar in March 2014 while he was sitting in his vehicle, which was parked in a public lot at Fort Carson. Calar was a civilian contractor at the post.

According to the arrest document, military police saw Calar touching himself while looking at an image of child pornography, and that he admitted to downloading such images on his computer.

The arrest document also said that Calar had previously worked as a girls' volleyball coach at Mesa Ridge High School in Widefield District 3 and that he had also coached girls' youth volleyball and boys' youth baseball. Callar had also previously taught Sunday school to children at his church, according to the US Attorney's Office.

The US Attorney's Office says Callar had a highly organized collection of digital child pornography images. It says the collection was made up of more than 15,000 images and 764 videos that were arranged by the ages of the children depicted in the images.

The US Attorney's Office says Callar became interested in child pornography five or six years ago when his brother was arrested for sexual assault on a child. It says that over the years, he obtained and distributed child pornography through online chat rooms, peer-to-peer file sharing sites, child pornography websites, email and Skype.

"Today's prison sentence is appropriate, especially given the fact that the defendant had an extensive, well organized collection of child pornography and that he was involved in many different youth organizations," said U.S. Attorney John Walsh.  "Thanks to the work of the Fort Carson Military Police and the FBI, this child pornographer is being held accountable for possessing these heinous images."

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