|For Immediate Release
Case # 12HF0218
March 2, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
ADDITIONAL CHARGES FILED AGAINST FORMER SOCCER COACH FOR COERCING A SECOND VICTIM, A 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL, INTO SENDING PORNOGRAPHIC VIDEOS TO HIM AFTER MEETING IN ONLINE VIDEO-CHAT ROOM
*Defendant was previously charged with similar conduct with a 13-year-old girl
NEWPORT BEACH – Additional charges were filed today against a former youth recreational soccer coach for coercing a 14-year-old girl into sending him sexually explicit child pornography videos of herself after meeting in an online chat room. The defendant was previously charged with similar conduct involving a 13-year-old girl and possessing almost 2,000 child pornography images and videos. Robert Vincent Peace, 45, Lake Forest, is charged with one felony count of lewd acts on a child and one felony count of possession of child pornography for Jane Doe #2. He was previously charged in January 2012, 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 26 years and six months in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration. He is being held on $250,000 bail and will be arraigned on the new charges today, Friday, March 2, 2012, in Department H-2, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach. The time is to be determined.
This case was investigated by federal and state investigators from the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force (OCCETF) including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD), and Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD). The Orange County District Attorney’s Office will prosecute this case.
Original Case Involving Jane Doe #1
In 2009, Peace is accused of meeting 13-year-old Jane Doe #1 from Endicott, NY, in an Internet video-chat room on Stickam.com. He is accused of exchanging messages with the victim and instructing her to send him sexually explicit videos of herself masturbating over a 2-year period.
After receiving the videos that he requested, Peace is accused of threatening Jane Doe 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 online.
In addition to the videos of Jane Doe, Peace is accused of being in possession of over 1,500 images and more than 300 videos of graphic, sexually explicit child pornography on his computer featuring young teenage girls. The videos include webcam footage.
In February 2011, a family member of the defendant discovered some of the child pornography and turned over Peace’s portable hard drive to OCSD. The OCCETF began an investigation and the hard drive was submitted to the Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (OCRCFL) for forensic analysis. OCRCFL is a full-service forensics laboratory and training center sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation devoted to the examination of digital evidence.