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Steve Waithe also allegedly cyberstalked at least one female student athlete. The feds say investigators discovered hundreds of nude and semi-nude images of victims in Waithe’s email accounts.

The FBI arrested a track and field coach from Chicago Wednesday, accusing him of tricking female athletes from a Boston university into sending him nude or semi-nude photographs, authorities said.

Steve Waithe, 28, also allegedly cyberstalked at least one female student athlete. The feds say investigators discovered hundreds of nude and semi-nude images of victims in Waithe’s email accounts.

Waithe has worked as a coach at Concordia University and the Illinois Institute of Technology, according to a 15-page criminal complaint. He is charged in federal court in Boston with one count of cyberstalking and one count of wire fraud. He is set for an initial appearance Wednesday afternoon in federal court in Chicago following his arrest here.

Prosecutors allege that, while employed as a track and field coach at Northeastern University in Boston from October 2018 until February 2019, Waithe would ask to use female athletes’ cellphones under the pretense of filming their form at practice and meets.

However, Waithe was also allegedly seen “scrolling through” the phones, prosecutors said.

By February 2020, Waithe had allegedly begun contacting victims through social media, claiming he had found compromising photos of them online and offering to help them remove the photos from the internet. He asked them to send him nude or semi-nude photos so he could perform a reverse-image search, the feds say.

Waithe also allegedly cyberstalked at least one female Northeastern athlete through social media from June until October 2020. Prosecutors said Waithe’s internet browser history included visits to websites like, “Can anyone trace my fake Instagram account back to me?”

Under the premise of “athlete research” or a “body development” study, the feds allege Waithe also emailed potential victims asking about their height, weight and diet habits. He also asked them to send photos of themselves in a “uniform or bathing suit to show as much skin as possible,” according to prosecutors.

The feds say investigators identified more than 10 victims of the “body development study” scheme and over 300 related nude and semi-nude images of victims in Waithe’s email accounts.

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