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Uni High physical-education teacher and cross-country coach Doug Mynatt, 56, of Savoy, shown at the September 2019 Uni Potluck Meet in Urbana, was arrested Friday, April 3, 2020, on federal child-pornography charges.

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URBANA — A veteran University High School gym teacher and cross-country coach was arrested Friday on charges of possessing and sharing child pornography in January, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

Douglas O. Mynatt, 57, who listed an address in the 100 block of Dropseed Drive, Savoy, appeared Friday by video conference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Hawley, who or­­dered him to re­­main in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Mynatt’s home was searched about 7:45 a.m. Friday by the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Urbana Police Department.

After Mynatt was taken to the sheriff’s office for questioning, investigator Dwayne Roelfs said he allegedly admitted to using a messaging app to send and receive child pornography in groups and private messages.

“Mynatt stated that he saves child-pornography files to the Photos application on his iPhone,” Roelfs wrote in the affidavit accompanying the criminal complaint filed Friday afternoon.

Agents have begun extracting data from his phone and have located 90 videos and 176,000 images, Roelfs said, “of which over half appear to depict child exploitation and child-erotica materials.”

Mynatt also allegedly stated that he had a “sexual relationship with two individuals who he met while they were his students,” Roelfs said, but “claimed that the individuals were over 18 and out of school when the sexual relationship occurred.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly M. Peir­­­son is representing the government. Mynatt was represented Friday by federal defender Karl Bryning, who did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Mynatt's name was removed from Uni High's online faculty list on Saturday morning, and he has been placed on administrative leave, administrator Karl Radnitzer said.

He has coached boys’ and girls’ cross-country there since the mid-’90s.

Last year, his boys’ team placed sixth in the Class 1A state meet. The girls’ team placed second at state in 2014 and 2015.

He also coaches distance track runners.

Roelfs was tipped off March 20 after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children got a tip from the app, which allows users to register anonymously and uses a service to automatically detect, delete and report child pornography.

Roelfs traced the IP addresses used to share the images and videos to Mynatt’s house in Savoy, and other logins to University of Illinois IP addresses that the UI said were primarily used by Mynatt.

He allegedly sent seven files in private chat messages and eight files to groups between Jan. 9 and 24, including images of girls as young as 6 to 9 years old, prosecutors said.

In January, Mynatt’s account was shut down, so he created another, according to the affidavit.

“Mynatt said that (the app) advised him that this account had violated their terms of service and he knew the account had been shut down due to child-pornography trafficking,” Roelfs wrote.

With his new and current account, Mynatt “stated that he has used this account to send and receive child-pornography files,” Roelfs wrote.

When other users would send links to files, Mynatt said “he would click on and then download the images/videos to his phone,” Roelfs wrote.

“Mynatt acknowledged that he has utilized his iPhone to access his (app) account(s) from his residence and also from University High School,” Roelfs wrote.

He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The U.S. attorney’s office said the investigation is ongoing and encouraged anyone with information to call the sheriff’s office at 217-384-1213.

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