Head volleyball coach at IUPUI fired after being arrested for possession of child porn

Steven Payne

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The head volleyball coach at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has been arrested on a possession of child pornography charge.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department confirmed the arrest of 54-year-old Steven Payne on Thursday. Court documents show he was taken into custody on Wednesday.

The documents say Payne was taken into custody as part of an “on-going” investigation. Police officers searched Payne’s backpack and say they found flash drives containing around 200 images of “possible” child pornography.

Officers say they also searched a few laptops, a tablet and Payne’s cell phone.

They say Payne admitted to having videos of girls “possibly under the age of 18. They say he also admitted to using a website called “Chatstep” to communicate with others and view images of pornography. Chatstep alerted police to the activity, documents say.

In a statement issued to FOX59, IUPUI said Payne has been terminated by the university as a result of the arrest.

“IUPUI leadership is aware of the IMPD police investigation resulting in the arrest of Steve Payne, head volleyball coach. The university is cooperating with the investigation.  Due to the serious nature of the charges, IUPUI has terminated Payne from the university, effective immediately.”

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