Coach allegedly used webcam in search for sex with minors online


by Marie Saavedra

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 8 at 6:41 PM

PHOENIX -- Fred Cheney has a grandson at Cortez High School and he's not mincing words about former teacher and football coach Jeff Huelster.

"He's sick. He needs help," Cheney said.

Police arrested Huelster early Monday morning, charged with of trying to lure minors for sex on the Internet.

"If that's what he did, it's wrong. Dead wrong," said Cheney.

Police say they were tipped off to Huelster by police in North Dakota. But he wasn't a stranger to the Internet Crimes Against Children's Task Force here in the Valley.

"We had also already had inappropriate Internet chat activity with that individual here in Arizona," said Sgt. Trent Crump with Phoenix Police.

Police believe Huelster used personal computers at his home in Glendale and at school to chat. Court documents show authorities found him in chatrooms April 24th through the 30th, believing he was chatting with a young teenage girl, between 13 and 14-years-old.

In three different conversations Huelster allegedly asks the girl if she'll perform sex acts with him. In his first chat, Police say he showed the girl a live streaming image of his genitals on his web cam, while trying to solicit her for sexual acts. He also directed her to view a pornographic site, featuring teens, so they could watch a video at the same time.

It's left much of the Cortez High School community disturbed, and more than that, disappointed in a man that students respected.

"They are role models in their lives. They look up to them. And they don't need a role model like that," said Cheney.

Police say they do not yet know of any possible victims at Cortez High School. They continue to search Huelster's computers for evidence.