Former Red Deer high school coach charged

Now facing child pornography, sex offence charges in Saskatoon

A former Red Deer high school football coach and teacher is facing child pornography charges in Saskatoon where he now teaches.

Rhett Lundgren, 39, is charged with two counts of arranging to commit a sexual offence against a child and one count of attempting to access child pornography.

He is currently a teacher at Walter Murray Collegiate Institute high school in Saskatoon, and has worked with Saskatoon Public Schools since 2010. He has been instructed to stay away from the district’s premises, and assigned to stay home with pay.

Lundgren was arrested on Thursday after an investigation with the Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation Unit that started about two weeks ago. He appeared in Saskatoon court on Friday and his next court appearance is Dec. 20.

Lundgren was a teacher at Hunting Hills High School in Red Deer in 2007 and 2008. He then left the Red Deer Public School District on his own accord. He was head coach of the Lightning football team for one year, in 2008. He taught two years on a reserve in Northern Saskatchewan before moving to Red Deer.

Lundgren was born and raised in Gull Lake, Sask., and played five years with the Saskatoon junior Hilltops while getting his education degree at the University of Saskatchewan.

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