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Soccer coach had 2,000 child porn images, police say

January 25, 2012 |  4:07 am

This post has been corrected; please see note at the bottom for details.

A former Orange County soccer coach, charged Tuesday with coercing a 13-year-old girl into sending him sexually explicit videos of herself, was in possession of roughly 2,000 child pornography images and videos, authorities said.

Officials said they are looking for more potential victims in the case.

“Given the defendant’s alleged activities on the Internet and his involvement with girls’ recreational soccer, there’s a possibility there are other young victims we don’t know about,” said Joseph Macias, assistant special agent in charge for ICE Homeland Security Investigations in Orange County, which is part of the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force that investigated the case.

“While our investigation is ongoing, we want to remind parents to warn their children not to interact with strangers over the Internet," he added.

Robert Vincent Peace, 45, of Lake Forest, coached for the Irvine-based Blades for about three months. He was arrested after a relative turned over his portable hard drive to authorities.

Prosecutors allege Peace met a 13-year-old girl from New York in 2009 on an Internet video-chat room. He is accused of exchanging messages with the girl and instructing her to send him sexually explicit videos of herself over a two-year period, according to prosecutors.

After receiving the videos, Peace is accused of threatening the girl by telling her he would post the explicit images on the Internet if she did not continue to send him new ones.

Peace allegedly posted some of the videos of the girl online. In addition, he is accused of possessing over 1,500 images and more than 300 videos of graphic, sexually explicit child pornography on his computer featuring young teenage girls. The videos include webcam footage.

One of Peace's family members discovered some of the child pornography in February and turned over the portable hard drive to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, which had it examined by the county crime lab.

[For the record, Jan. 25 at 6:17 a.m.: A previous version of this post stated incorrectly that Peace was a girl's soccer coach. He coached a boy's team. It also gave the impression he coached the Blades for an extended period of time, but he worked for the team for only about three months.]

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-- Richard Winton

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