UPDATE: Coach Pleads Not Guilty to Child Porn Charges

Lake Forest resident allegedly coerced a 13-year-old to send him explicit videos of herself. He coached for the Irvine-based Blades soccer club, and his computer allegedly had hundreds of child porn images and videos.

A former soccer coach from Lake Forest pleaded not guilty Tuesday to coercing a 13-year-old girl from New York to send him sexually explicit videos of herself after they met in an online chat room.

Robert Vincent Peace, 45, is charged with a rash of felony counts, including lewd acts on a child under 14, distributing obscene material and possession of nearly 2,000 child pornography images.

An Orange County Superior Court judge doubled his bail to $500,000 at the arraignment, according to City News Service.

Peace has coached a team of girls younger than 14 for the Irvine-based Blades soccer club and may also have coached other children's soccer teams, according to Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker.

Peace, a United Kingdom citizen, stopped coaching for the Blades in February 2011. 

Peace allegedly met the New York teen in 2009 in an Internet chatroom on Stickam.com and told her to send him sexually explicit videos of herself masturbating.

Once he got the videos, Peace allegedly told the teen he would post the videos online if she did not continue to send new pornographic images. Even so, Peace allegedly still posted some of the videos without telling her, authorities said.

In addition to those videos, Peace is charged with possessing more than 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.

The images and videos surfaced in February 2011, when a member of Peace's family found some of the child pornography and turned over Peace's portable hard drive to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Forensic analysis turned up the thousands of images of child pornography, which led investigators to the girl in New York.

Peace was arrested Friday in a traffic stop. At that time, Peace allegedly had child pornography in his home and vehicle, including images of the New York teen.

"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. "While our investigation is ongoing, we want to remind parents to warn their children not to interact with strangers over the Internet. ... Parents, because of their proximity, are the first line of defense."

If convicted, Peace faces a maximum sentence of 25 years and two months in state prison.

Federal and state investigators from the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, Orange County Sheriff's Department, and Huntington Beach Police Department teamed up in the investigation.

Peace is the 22nd defendant to be identified and arrested by OCCETF since its inception in April 2011.

Anyone with additional information or who may have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at 714-347-8794 or ICE's toll-free 24-hour tip line at 866-DHS-2ICE.

--City News Service contributed reporting.

MonikÅ Hopson Hall January 24, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Brad McGirr January 25, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Question: If the images and videos were turned over to the OC Sheriffs Office in February of 2011, why did it take just under a year to arrest this guy?
Kel8856 January 25, 2012 at 05:39 AM
And this is only what he was caught for. Coward. And he'll only get a few years. That's the saddest part.
Lake Forest Citizen Paying Attention January 25, 2012 at 06:03 AM
While I don't know the specifics of this case, I can tell you as an attorney with many friends that practice on both sides of the criminal law arena that the most likely answer is that they were dotting all of their i's and crossing all of their t's in order to make absolutely certain that once they arrested him there would be no doubt of getting multiple felony convictions and putting this SOB away for as long as possible.
justme January 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM
atta boy, waste our money. Such a waste of space


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