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Former Wisconsin soccer coach gets 1 year for sending student nude photo

Benjamin Edward Schrock

HUDSON, Wis. — Benjamin Edward Schrock, 24, a former Hudson High School girls soccer coach found guilty at a March jury trial of felony exposing a child to harmful material, was sentenced this week to 1 year in jail with mandatory sex offender registration.

Judge Edward Vlack assured the victim and her father none of this was their fault and then turned his attention to Schrock.

“When I hear the word mistake — give me a break. This wasn’t a mistake,” Vlack said. The former coach was in a position of power and he abused it, the judge continued.

The then 23-year-old Hudson resident was charged in May 2018 with causing a child 13-18 to view sexual activity and exposing a child to harmful material after a 16-year-old victim reported to a school counselor that Schrock sent her at least one nude photo on Snapchat April 23 of that year.

“After, I didn’t know who to trust,” the victim said at the sentencing. “What if he said he didn’t send anything? Then people would think I’m just a liar.”

The jury did not reach a verdict on the charge of causing a child to view sexual activity.

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