Lee’s Summit soccer coach indicted on eight additional charges

Lee's Summit JournalMay 21, 2014 

A youth soccer coach from Lee’s Summit was indicted by a federal grand jury on eight additional charges related to producing child pornography by secretly videotaping members of his soccer team.

Joel D. White, 41, was charged in an 11-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury May 21 in Kansas City. The indictment replaces a three-count indictment that was returned April 30 of last year and adds the counts regarding eight additional victims.

White has remained in federal custody since his arrest on the original indictment last April.

White formerly coached a girls under-12 soccer team and a girls under-15 soccer team through the Lee’s Summit Soccer Association. According to Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, the Lee’s Summit Soccer Association has cooperated fully with law enforcement officers during the investigation.

The latest indictment charges White with 11 separate counts of attempting to produce child pornography. According to court records, White allegedly attempted to use 11 child victims – identified in the indictment as Jane Doe #1 through Jane Doe #11 – to produce child pornography between May 1, 2012 and March 20, 2013.

Under Department of Justice guidelines, the attempted production of child pornography is ordinarily charged in cases that involve surreptitious recordings. The statutory penalties for producing child pornography are the same as the penalties for attempting to produce child pornography. Each of the 11 counts contained in the indictment carries a mandatory minimum sentence upon conviction of 15 years in federal prison without parole.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, law enforcement officers in Commerce City, Colo., discovered videos of nude minors on White’s camera. White was at a soccer stadium in Colorado for a World Cup qualifying game when his cameras were seized by law enforcement officers as part of a criminal investigation.

Several videos allegedly depict White positioning a video camera in a bedroom of his residence in such a way that the camera is hidden. Shortly after White leaves the room, the affidavit says, the videos depict several minors, approximately 11- or 12-years-old, entering the room and changing their clothes. Minors are fully nude in the videos and do not appear to know they are being videotaped.


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