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Former Holyoke Catholic H.S. coach faces judge

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

The former Holyoke Catholic High School girls' soccer coach appeared in court Thursday afternoon for a detention hearing following a complaint alleging that he sexually exploited children.

In court, the defense agreed for Michael Dupont to continue to remain in custody without the right to bail.

At this point, no formal charges have been filed and the government has 30 days from when Dupont was first arrested to file an indictment or to seek an extension.

The 12-year veteran soccer coach was arrested by federal agents in his home on March 21.

The investigation of the 37-year-old came after a mother in Vermont found inappropriate emails on her teenage daughter's computer last December and contacted state police.

That girl told Vermont investigators that she was asked by the Massachusetts coach to "put on a show" via web cam.

According to a Department of Justice release, Dupont told police he received explicit photos from at least five girls allegedly admitting he knew they were only 14 or 15 years old.

Dupont's contract with the school ended last November. And according to a statement issued after his arrest by the Springfield Diocese during his tenure as a soccer coach, no allegations or related complaints were ever brought to their attention and investigators have not found any evidence that involves Holyoke Catholic Students.

If convicted, Dupont faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

As Dupont left the courtroom on Thursday, he told his family he loved them and they responded back saying they love him, too.

It is unclear at this point whether the government will be filing charges in Massachusetts or in Vermont.

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