Youth soccer coach admits videotaping young girls

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) – A suburban Kansas City youth soccer coach has pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping young girls while they changed their clothes in his daughter’s bedroom.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 40-year-old Joel D. White, of Lee’s Summit, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of attempting to produce child pornography. White remains in federal custody to await sentencing.

White coached girls’ under-12 and under-15 soccer teams through the Lee’s Summit Soccer Association, which cooperated in the investigation.

Prosecutors said White videotaped 11 children, ages 11 and 12, in his daughter’s bedroom between May and October 2012. He also admitted recording himself touching one girl while she slept.

The investigation began when authorities in Commerce City, Colorado, searched White’s backpack for soccer merchandise he was suspected of stealing during a tournament there.

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