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Ex-youth soccer coach sentenced to 25 years in child porn case

Roger Allen Repp III of Hagerstown pleaded guilty in federal court to sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography

September 06, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
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A former youth soccer coach who was charged with secretly making videos of a girl to produce child pornography was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 25 years in prison.

Roger Allen Repp III, 46, of Hagerstown, pleaded guilty in March to sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography, according to the office of U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

Repp was sentenced in Baltimore by Judge Catherine C. Blake, a press release from Rosenstein’s office said.

Repp admitted that he used a “pinhole camera” to record the girl, who was under the age of 16, without her knowledge, the press release said.

“Repp admitted 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. Two separate undercover investigators downloaded images and videos of child pornography from Repp’s collection on March 11 and 16, 2011, the release said.

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Repp had been a coach with Locomotive FC, a Washington County soccer club. Officials of the club immediately removed him from the position when they learned of the charges.

In addition to the prison sentence, Repp will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, the release said.

Repp originally had charges filed against him by Maryland State Police in April 2011 after police in Saskatchewan, Canada, informed them in March that 37 files containing child pornography had been downloaded from a member of a file-sharing service, charging documents said. The member’s user name, “11to15forme,” eventually was traced to Repp, the documents said.

A search of seized computer equipment revealed about 1,600 files containing child pornography, some depicting children as young as 6 years old being sexually assaulted, charging documents said.

In July 2011, Repp was charged with 20 counts each of sex abuse of a minor through exploitation and filming in a private place with prurient interest, court records said.

In that case, Repp allegedly hid a video camera in the bedroom of a girl and in the bathroom of her home, charging documents said. In several instances, Repp’s face could be seen on the videos as he positioned the hidden camera, the document said.

The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit found 125 video files of the girl, the charging document said.

Repp was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2011 on two counts of producing child pornography and three counts of distribution and possession of child pornography, the federal indictment said.

The state charges against Repp were placed on the inactive docket in Washington County Circuit Court following the federal indictment, court records said.

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