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Former Hagerstown soccer coach pleads guilty to sexually exploiting minor

March 23, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Roger Allen Repp III
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A former Hagerstown man and youth soccer coach faces at least 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday in federal court in Baltimore to sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography.

Roger Allen Repp III, 45, produced “sexually explicit and lascivious photographs of a teen-aged girl under the age of 16 using a pinhole camera he set up in the girl’s bedroom and bathroom, without her knowledge,” according to a news release from Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

“Repp admits that he distributed those images to other pedophiles via a file sharing program over the Internet, in return for other child pornography being sent to him,” the release said.

At the time of his arrest in April 2011, Repp was a coach with Locomotive FC, a Washington County soccer club. Clubs officials immediately removed him from the position after learning of the charges.

In 2011, Repp had two state cases pending against him in Washington County. In the first, 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,” which 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 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.

The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit found 125 video files depicting the victim that were secretly filmed by Repp, the U.S. Attorney’s Office release said.

“There were also several chat logs between Repp and others where he offered to share files of the victim and chats where Repp is looking for other individuals to share files with him,” the release said.

Repp was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 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.

Following the federal indictment, the state criminal cases were placed on the inactive docket in December.

Repp faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison with a maximum sentence of 30 years on the count he pleaded to on Friday, the release said.

As part of the plea agreement, he will also have to register as a sex offender.

Repp is scheduled to be sentenced June 28 by U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Burke, the release said.

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