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More Children Come Forward in Bemidji Sex Abuse Case

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Tonight we are learning more about an investigation into a high-profile coach and teacher accused of sexually abusing multiple children. We first brought you this story a few weeks back; since then, two more children have come forward and a search warrant has been conducted on the man's home.

We got a hold of that warrant today and have the latest in this developing story.

The warrant documents include graphic and gruesome details of what has become a horrible reality for an anonymous mother whose daughter is among the alleged victims of longtime Bemidji coach and teacher John Wangberg. She says her daughter's life has been affected forever, and that "it's put a lot of road blocks into living a normal life."

On March 7, 2011, Wangberg's school computer and camera were confiscated by the Bemidji police department, and upon examination the devices were found to contain 12 images which might be categorized as child erotica, yet Wangberg was never charged.

Now more victims have come forward. One victim told a mental health worker on December 3, 2012, that Mr. Wangberg had her in her office and she had taken her shirt off. The victim never released the information until now because she did not want to get in trouble.

It was these statements which allowed the police to conduct a search warrant on Wangberg's house last Friday. Police tell us the investigation has been given to the County Attorney, and it is up to them to determine if charges will be filed.

In the meantime, the anonymous mother says she can only hope justice will be served. She tells us she's been in contact with another victim's parents, and that both families filed emergency restraining orders against Wangberg this morning.

We put a call into the County Attorney earlier today but received no response.

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