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South King County bowling coach charged with child porn

Youth bowling coach Ty Lee Treddenbarger, 53, has been charged with possession of child pornography, and court documents say he sexually abused two of his students on out-of-town trips. (Photo: Facebook)

SEATTLE -- A youth bowling coach has been charged with possession of child pornography, and court documents say he sexually abused two of his students on out-of-town trips.

Ty Lee Treddenbarger, 53, was charged earlier this month, and bail for him was set at $500,000. Court documents say he may also face federal charges.

A prosecutor wrote in court documents that additional acts of sexual abuse involving other possible victims are being investigated.

Court documents say the case came to the attention of law enforcement on March 8, when a 17-year-old boy and his mother reported to Des Moines police sexual abuse for the last five years on out-of-town bowling trips.

The teen said Treddenbarger also photographed the abuse, court documents say.

Police searched the bowling coach's Burien home last week. He admitted giving the teen sleeping medicine and sexually abusing him, court documents say.

The search also turned up images of a sexual nature. Treddenbarger identified the person in the photos as the teen, court documents say.

Court documents say Treddenbarger also told investigators that he abused another of his students more than 10 times on out-of-town trips.

No images involving the second victim have been found, court documents say.

"I can tell you that the entire community of bowling is right now shocked because this is not what they would have expected to ever have happened knowing Ty," said friend Steven Weinman.

Weinman told KOMO News he's never seen or suspected any inappropriate behavior from Treddenbarger.

About 30 years ago, the two co-founded the Puget Sound Travel League, Weinman said. The league is made up of a group of youth bowlers from all over the area that gathers once per month and competes in high-level competition, he added.

Treddenbarger serves as an administrator for the league, Weinman said.

But Weinman insists there's no connection between the league and the allegations against Treddenbarger.

"The allegations come from where he was coaching one-on-one with other youth bowlers and occasionally they would travel to other competitions around the region, around the country," Weinman said.

"I want parents to know that the events that take place in the group settings at bowling centers and things like that are safe. The kids are not at risk when they participate," he added.

Volunteers are now in place to run the leagues up-coming sessions in April and May, Weinman said.

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