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Child Exploitation
03/02/2012

Ex-Orange County soccer coach faces new child pornography charges after investigators identify 2nd teen victim

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Additional child pornography charges were filed Friday against a former youth recreational soccer coach after investigators identified a second teenage girl who had been coerced into sending the defendant sexually explicit videos of herself after they met in an online chat room.

Robert Vincent Peace, 45, of Lake Forest, was previously charged with similar conduct involving a 13-year-old girl and possessing almost 2,000 child pornography images and videos. The new charges include one felony count of lewd acts on a child and one felony count of possession of child pornography for Jane Doe #2. Peace, who briefly coached a boys' recreational soccer team known as the Irvine Blades, is slated to be arraigned Friday at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.

The case stems from a probe by federal and state investigators on the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force (OCCETF), which includes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD), and the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD). The prosecution is being handled by the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

In January, Peace was charged with three felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14; six felony counts of lewd acts on a child between 14 and 15 years old; three felony counts of contacting a child with the intent to commit lewd acts on a child; two felony counts of using a minor for sex acts; and one felony count each of using a minor for distribution of obscene material and possession and control of child pornography with a sentencing enhancement allegation for substantial sexual conduct with a child. If convicted on all counts, Peace faces a maximum sentence of more than 26 years in state prison. He is currently being held on $250,000 bail.

Following Peace's arrest in January, agents conducted additional forensic analysis on his computer and identified the second victim, a 14-year-old from Virginia he allegedly met on Stickam.com. Peace is accused of communicating with Jane Doe #2 and instructing her to send him sexually explicit videos of herself engaging in lewd acts over a two-year period, beginning in 2009.

Like Jane Doe #2, Peace met his other alleged victim, a 13-year-old girl from New York, in an Internet video-chat room on Stickam.com. He allegedly exchanged messages with her and instructed her to send him sexually explicit videos over a two-year period. After receiving the videos, Peace is accused of threatening Jane Doe #1 that he would post the explicit videos on the Internet if she did not continue to send him new pornographic images. Without the victim's knowledge, the defendant is accused of posting some of the child pornography videos featuring Jane Doe #1 online.

Since its inception in April 2011, the OCCETF has identified and arrested more than 20 defendants. The OCCETF is a law enforcement collaboration aimed at information-sharing and investigations to arrest and prosecute child pornographers, child sex tourists and facilitators, human smugglers and traffickers of minors, criminal aliens convicted of offenses against minors, and aliens deported for child exploitation offenses who have returned illegally to the Unites States. Current task force members include HSI, the OCSD, the HBPD, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the U.S. Secret Service.