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Former Hagerstown youth soccer coach's child porn case moved to federal court

December 20, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
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HAGERSTOWN — The case of a former youth soccer coach from Hagerstown accused of distributing child pornography and child sex abuse has been moved to federal court.

Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. Tuesday placed two state criminal cases filed against Roger Allen Repp III, 45, on the inactive docket, according to Washington County Deputy State’s Attorney Joseph Michael.

Repp was indicted on Nov. 30 in U.S. District Court on two counts of production of child pornography, and three counts each of distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography, the federal indictment said.

A conviction for production of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

“The state is confident of a conviction in the U.S. District Court,” Michael said Tuesday. “He’s been indicted federally, and the state hopes the U.S. marshals pick him up soon so our jail doesn’t have to feed him Christmas dinner.”

When a case is placed on the inactive docket, it can be brought back for trial for  up to three years. During the first year, the prosecution or defendant can ask for it to be brought back to court. After that time, the state or defendant has to request the court to do so.

Repp had two cases pending against him in Washington County. In the first case, he was charged with two counts each of possession with intent to distribute and possession of child pornography.

Computer equipment seized from his home in April allegedly contained about 1,600 files of child pornography, some depicting children as young as 6 years old being sexually assaulted, according to charging documents.

Maryland State Police began investigating Repp in March when police in Saskatchewan, Canada, informed them that 37 files containing child pornography had been downloaded from a member of a file-sharing service, the charging documents said. The member’s user name was “11to15forme” and was eventually traced to Repp, the documents said.

In July, Repp was charged with 20 counts each of sex abuse of a minor through exploitation and filming in a private place with prurient interest, the documents said.

In that case, Repp allegedly hid a video camera in a bathroom and bedroom to secretly videotape a girl, the documents said.

In several instances, Repp’s face could be seen on the videos as he positioned the hidden camera, the documents said.

Repp was removed from his position as coach of a youth soccer team after officials with the club learned of the initial allegations.

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