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Soccer coach faces child pornography charges

One man in California was recently accused of committing a crime involving child pornography. The man who was charged with child pornography coached a youth soccer team. He has pleaded not guilty to his criminal charges.

Police said they searched the man's house in 2015. There, they reportedly found a couple of computers along with a thumb drive featuring child porn images. The man, who did coaching for a girls' team of the American Youth Soccer Organization, was indicted on federal charges including distributing and possessing child porn. The girls he coached were between the ages of 12 and 14.

The 65-year-old man decided to plead not guilty during a recent arraignment. He was then released on a bail of $50,000. He will return to court in the month of March, which is when his criminal trial starts.

As a child pornography case moves forward through the state's criminal justice system, the person facing charges may have the chance to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution. This can be done in exchange for lighter charges or more favorable sentencing considerations. Otherwise, the individual may go to trial on the merits of the case to fight the accusations, and the prosecution must prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt before the suspect can be convicted. This standard is in place to protect innocent people from being convicted of as well as sentenced for crimes they did not commit. Defense counsel will strive for an outcome that is ultimately in the accused person's best interest in California.

Source: ktla.com, "Child Pornography Charges Filed Against Man Who Coached Girls Soccer in Long Beach", Jan. 31, 2016

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