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Former Hagerstown youth soccer coach charged with sex abuse of a minor through exploitation

July 15, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Roger Allen Repp III
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A former Hagerstown youth soccer coach taped a young girl 133 times using a camera he had hidden in a bathroom and bedroom, according to new charges filed against him Thursday in Washington County District Court.

The face of Roger Allen Repp III, 45, of 17817 Greentree Terrace can be seen on some of the videos as he positions the hidden camera, according to allegations in the statement of probable cause filed by Maryland State Police.

District Judge Dana Moylan Wright Friday raised Repp's bond from $725,000 on the new charges to $2 million.

Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael had asked Wright to raise Repp's bail to $2.5 million, telling the judge that Repp "had been videotaping a young girl in the community."

Although no sexual acts are depicted in the videos, Michael said there was evidence Repp "was making representations that he was willing to exchange these images for child pornography."

The images are sufficient to support the charges of child sex abuse, he said.

"The federal government is also investigating this matter," Michael told Wright.

The 40 new counts against Repp include 20 charges of sex abuse of a minor through exploitation and 20 counts of filming in a private place with prurient intent, court records said.

The investigation into Repp's activities began in March when police in Saskatchewan, Canada, informed the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit that 37 files containing child pornography had been downloaded from a member of the file-sharing service Giga Tribe who had the username "11to15forme," the charging documents said.

That account eventually was traced to Repp, the documents said.

Repp's home was searched and computer equipment seized in April. He was charged with two counts each of possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography, the  documents said.

He was released on $30,000 bond, the records said.

Repp had been a coach for a youth soccer club but was removed from the position when the allegations came to light, an official with Locomotive FC said in April.

The files listed in the first case did not involve the female victim in the latest case, but showed images of children as young as 6 being sexually assaulted, the documents said.

On Monday, state police learned that a further examination of Repp's computer turned up 1,600 files of child pornography and 133 files of the same female "captured on a hidden camera," the documents said. The hidden camera videos show the child unclothed or partially dressed, the documents said.

Dates on the charging document indicate that most of the videos were created in 2011 and 2010, although some have dates as early as 2008.

The earlier charging documents alleged that at the time of his first arrest, Repp told investigators "he has never touched a child, only fantasizes about them."

Repp asked that his bond not be increased, telling Wright via a closed-circuit television link between District Court and the Washington County Detention Center that he wished to continue meeting his financial obligations.

"I realize I need to be in a treatment program," Repp said, telling Wright he had been seeing a counselor and attending group therapy sessions since the charges were filed in April.

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