Former Linn-Mar coach facing several charges, accused of soliciting inappropriate photos of minors

Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 7:46 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2021 at 9:07 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - A former high school track and field coach is facing several charges - including kidnapping and sexual abuse - and investigators are asking parents and athletes to step forward in the case.

Kameron Marrelle Beets, 29, was arrested Monday in Cedar Rapids. He’s charged with third-degree kidnapping, third-degree sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of a minor, sexual exploitation by a school employee, and invasion of privacy.

The Marion Police Department received information that Beets had “solicited inappropriate photographs from two minors.” He’s accused of using his position as owner and operator of B.E.A.S.T. Academy, a high school sports photography company, to reach victims. Police said search warrants were executed and thousands of computer images depicting high school athletes were seized. Investigators are reviewing the photographs to determine if there are other victims.

Last month, a Linn County judge issued two protective orders preventing contact between Beets and two unnamed minors.

The sexual exploitation by a school employee charge doesn’t specify which school is involved but Beets is listed on a roster of coaches for the Linn-Mar boys track and field program.

The Linn-Mar School District issued a statement Monday night saying: “Linn-Mar is aware of the allegations involving a former employee. No complaints were received by school administration to suggest any misconduct in a school-related context. The district is following our procedures and cooperating with law enforcement.”

The Marion Police Department said that if a parent feels their child was potentially a victim in this case to contact the department at (319) 377-1511.

Beets is being held at the Linn County Jail.

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