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Youth soccer coach accused of secretly taping underage girls pleads guilty

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COMMERCE CITY — A Missouri man who was accused of stealing merchandise at a soccer match last year pleaded guilty to three counts of attempting to produce child pornography Wednesday, July 30, in federal court in Kansas City, Mo.

 

Joel White, 42, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., had been approached by law enforcement during the March 22, 2013, FIFA World Cup-qualifying match between Costa Rica and the United States at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

At the time, officers found stolen jerseys and other soccer merchandise in his possession. They also seized a computer and camera that contained videos of 12- and 13-year-old girls undressing, according to the charging documents.

     Authorities said White, who had worked as a coach for a 12-and-under girls soccer team, was seen at the end of each video retrieving the camera that had recorded the girls. Court documents said that White claimed the videos were taken between May and October of 2012.

     The guilty plea will result in a sentence of between 15 and 30 years for each count.