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Former Hagerstown soccer coach faces 40 more charges related to child porn

Maryland State Police say new charges against Roger Allen Repp III stem from same investigation

July 14, 2011|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com
  • Roger Allen Repp III
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HAGERSTOWN — A former Hagerstown youth soccer coach accused in the spring of having and sharing child pornography now faces 40 new charges, police and prosecutors said.

Roger Allen Repp III, 45, of 650 Westwood St. was being held in the Washington County Detention Center on Thursday night in lieu of $725,000 bail, authorities said.

Maryland State Police Thursday added new charges, including 20 counts of videotaping for prurient interest and 20 counts of sexual abuse of a minor through exploitation.

Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said the new charges stem from the same investigation conducted earlier this year.

He said the maximum penalties are one year in prison per count of videotaping for prurient interest and 25 years in prison per count of sexual abuse of a minor through exploitation.

Repp is scheduled to appear in Washington County court today for a bail review hearing, Michael said.

Repp was charged in April with two counts of possessing child pornography and two counts of distributing it.

At the time, authorities in Saskatchewan, Canada, had downloaded 37 files of child pornography in March through Giga Tribe, a file-sharing service, from an Internet protocol address traced back to Repp, who used the online name "11to15forme," according to charging documents.

Authorities in Canada contacted the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit, which learned that the FBI also was investigating "11to15forme."

A special agent using an online identity downloaded 23 files depicting child pornography from "11to15forme," prompting a search of Repp's home on April 22, court documents said.

Files from "11to15forme" depicted prepubescent females being sexually assaulted by men, according to an application for statement of charges.

On the four earlier counts, Repp had been free after posting $30,000 bail.

In April, an official for the soccer club that Repp coached, Locomotive FC, said Repp was removed from his position when the club learned of the allegations.

Repp told police he was "a Giga Tribe member and searched for child pornography" using key words such as "Lolita" and "teens," according to charging documents filed in the earlier case.

"Repp told me he has never touched a child, only fantasizes about them," a state trooper wrote in the charging documents.

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