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Scott Nichols

Scott Nichols became the sixth consecutive girls basketball coach to guide Billings West to a state tournament trophy.

Law enforcement officials are continuing their investigation into the Internet use of last year’s West High girls basketball coach.

Scott Nichols is the subject of a child pornography investigation by the FBI and the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Nichols was placed on paid administrative leave in mid-May when officials at School District 2 learned he was the subject of the investigation. By the end of the month, the school board voted not to renew Nichols’ contract and he was dropped by the district.

Investigators have declined to comment on the case or the nature of the investigation, stating only that Nichols is being investigated for inappropriate use of computers and the Internet.

“We’re still actively investigating,” Tim West, director of task force operations, said on Wednesday.

Detectives are following up on leads gleaned from search warrants sought in the course of the investigation, he said.

Along with coaching girls basketball, Nichols taught physical education at West and coached track at Riverside Middle School.

Nichols had been a recent hire for SD2 and had been at West High for only a year. He spent the majority of his career in the Livingston School District, where he coached and taught for 15 years.

He came to SD2 highly recommended by his colleagues in Livingston and passed his background check, which is a standard requirement for all prospective SD2 employees.

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