Duluth parents say they weren't told about investigation of Little League coach


A youth basketball coach terminated by the Duluth Salvation Army in November after child pornography allegedly was found on his work computer managed to coach Duluth Lake Park Little League for several weeks this spring and summer.

Lake Park Little League parents told the Duluth News Tribune that they didn’t learn until late June that Peter Jay Olson, 47, was under investigation. The Salvation Army never notified anyone from Lake Park, according to Eric Beyer, a parent, coach and lawyer. The Lake Park organization learned about the allegations against when Olson was arrested on June 25. When Duluth police learned that Olson coached Little League, he was told to quit, Lt. Mike Ceynowa said.

On June 28, Salvation Army Major William Cox sent a letter to parents divulging — for the first time, parents say — Olson’s November firing. The Salvation Army said it notified the U.S. Attorney’s Office about the coach’s computer.

Olson remains in Pine County Jail in Pine City. He is charged with four felonies after being accused of engaging in sexual acts with a preteen boy and photographing them.

He is the second Salvation Army Rookie Basketball Association coach charged with sexual misconduct in the last year. Wendell Anthony Greene, 37, a coach from 2008 to 2012, has been charged with sexual assault in two cases.

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