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Former soccer coach accused of having images of prepubescent girls being assaulted by men

Roger Allen Repp III was charged on April 22 following an investigation by the Maryland State Police

April 26, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A former youth soccer coach charged with distribution and possession of child pornography is accused of having images and videos on a computer depicting adults having sex with children who appeared to be as young as 6 years old.

Roger Allen Repp III, 45, of 650 Westwood St., Hagerstown, was charged on April 22 following an investigation by the Maryland State Police.

The state police Computer Crimes Unit was contacted on March 30 by authorities in Saskatchewan, Canada, who had downloaded 37 files on March 16-17 through Giga Tribe, a file-sharing service, from an Internet protocol address traced back to Repp, according to allegations in charging documents.

The files from the user "11to15forme" depicted prepubescent females being sexually assaulted by men, the application for statement of charges said.

The charging documents accused Repp of possessing images, including one "that depicts a minor engaged as a subject in sexual conduct or sadomasochistic abuse."

On April 10, police were informed that the FBI also was investigating the user 11to15forme, and that a special agent created an online identity and was able to download 23 files depicting child pornography, the documents said.

Repp's home was searched at 6:20 a.m. on April 22 on a warrant signed three days earlier by a judge in Howard County, Md., the documents said.

Police said Repp told them he knew why police were at his home and showed them a laptop computer that contained child pornography, according to the charging documents.

Repp told police he was "a Giga Tribe member and searched for child pornography" using key words such as "Lolita" and "teens," the documents said.

"Repp told me he has never touched a child, only fantasizes about them," a trooper wrote in the charging documents. "He says he has been looking at child pornography for a couple of years and that he knows he has a problem."

Repp was arrested at his home on Friday and later released from the Washington County Detention Center on $30,000 bond.

Repp said he coached a club soccer team, the documents said. An official for the club, Locomotive FC, said Monday that Repp had been involved since it was formed about a year ago and was removed from his position once club officials learned of the allegations.

If convicted on all counts, he could face up to 10 years on each of the two distribution counts and five years on each of two possession charges, according to Washington County District Court records.

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