Trial set for former soccer coach accused of sex abuse

Roger Allen Repp III, of Hagerstown, also faces separate child pornography charges

September 08, 2011|By DON AINES |
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A former youth soccer coach charged with 20 counts each of sexual abuse of a minor and making videos with prurient intent has been scheduled for trial in Washington County Circuit Court on Dec. 27.

Roger Allen Repp III, 45, of Hagerstown, was in Circuit Court Thursday for his initial appearance and arraignment on the charges, which were filed as criminal informations on Aug. 23, Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion told Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr.

The charges are the same as those filed in District Court in July, according to court records. Repp is being held in the Washington County Detention Center on $2 million bond.

Repp appeared without counsel, but told Long that he will be represented by the private attorney representing him in a separate child pornography case. In that case, Repp is charged with two counts each of possession of child pornography with intent to distribute and possession of child pornography, according to court records.

Repp is scheduled to appear in court on the child pornography charges on Oct. 6, the records said.

Long advised Repp that each of the child sexual abuse charges carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison if he is convicted. The prurient video charges carry a maximum sentence of one year each, Long said.

In the case for which he was arraigned Thursday, Maryland State Police allege that Repp secretly videotaped a girl 133 times, setting up a hidden video camera in various rooms of a residence, including a bedroom and bathroom, according to the statement of probable cause.

The videos listed in the charging documents are dated in 2010 and 2011, although one had a date of 2008. Repp's face can allegedly be seen in some of the videos as he sets up the camera, the documents said.

The investigation of Repp began in March when police in Saskatchewan, Canada, informed the 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 documents said.

The account was eventually traced to Repp, whose home was searched in April, the documents said.

The computer equipment seized in the search was later analyzed by the Maryland State Police computer crimes laboratory, which found 1,600 files of child pornography and the 133 videos of the girl, the documents said.

At the time the child pornography charges were filed, Repp was a coach for a youth soccer club, but he was removed from the position when the charges surfaced, an official with Locomotive FC said.

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