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Teacher On Leave, FBI Investigating

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A teacher and girls' basketball coach at Billings West High was placed on paid administrative leave after school officials learned he was being investigated by the FBI and the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
    
Superintendent Terry Bouck says Scott Nichols was placed on leave Wednesday and he's recommending that Nichols' contract not be renewed.
    
Task force operations director Tim West declined to comment other than to say Nichols was being investigated for inappropriate use of computers and the Internet.
    
Nichols joined the district last year, after having taught in Livingston. He coached the West High girls to a third-place finish at the state Class AA basketball tournament in March.
    
The Billings Gazette reports Nichols was unavailable for comment Wednesday afternoon. There is no phone listing for Nichols in Billings.

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