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Irvine soccer coach charged with child pornography

Robert Vincent Peace, 45, is charged with coercing a 13-year-old girl into sending explicit child pornography videos. The Lake Forest resident was a recreational girls' soccer coach for a 14-and-under team in Irvine.

January 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A recreational soccer coach has been charged with coercing a 13-year-old girl into sending explicit child pornography videos on Tuesday.

Robert Vincent Peace, 45, was arrested in Orange County on Friday. He is accused of meeting the teen from New York in an online chat room in 2009.

Authorities said the girl sent pornographic videos of herself over the course of two years after Peace threatened to post the videos online if she didn't continue. They say he eventually posted the videos online without the teen's knowledge.

The Lake Forest resident was a boys soccer coach with the Irvine Blades from December 2010 through February 2011, and may have coached other children's soccer teams. He is a citizen of the United Kingdom.

Investigators said he was also found in possession of almost 2,000 child pornography images and videos.

Peace has been charged with over a dozen felony counts including lewd acts on a child, using a minor for sex acts, and possession and control of child pornography. He also has a sentencing enhancement allegation for substantial sexual conduct with a child.

Peace is being held on $500,000 bail. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years and two months in state prison.

Authorities believe there may be more victims. If you have any information call (714) 347-8794 or a toll-free, 24-hour tip line at (866) DHS-2ICE.

Correction: In an earlier version of the story, we stated Peace coached a girls soccer team with the Irvine Blades. However, he coached a boys team."


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