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Warrant: Cary police catch soccer coach in underage sex chat room

Posted July 14, 2013
Updated July 16, 2013

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— A Green Hope High School girls' soccer coach faced a judge for the first time Monday on charges he had sexually explicit photos of young girls.

Robert Jules Peterson, 43, of 1113 Tarbert Court in Cary, was arrested around 2 a.m. Saturday on six counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Each charge carries a maximum possible punishment of 39 months in prison.

He was suspended Sunday from his position at Green Hope High. 

According to search warrants in the case, Cary police monitoring a public Internet chat room dedicated to child porn identified a user and connected it to a computer address assigned to the home Peterson shares with his mother and father. A review of the chat room activity showed that user accessed video and still images of teen girls who appeared to be between the ages of 12 and 16 unclothed and engaged in sexual activity, the warrant said.

The same user identified himself as "Bob" or "Rob" and emailed another chat room user, a police undercover account, and said he was "into pictures of little girls," the warrant said. The user traced to Peterson's address identified himself to an undercover officer as a 43-year-old man from Cary.

The search warrant quotes online conversations that undercover officers had with the account linked to Peterson. "So glad I found a local guy who pervs like me," the user wrote. Soccer coach faces internet porn charges Soccer coach faces internet porn charges

Police seized three mobile phones, four flash drives and a laptop from the home.

Peterson has bailed out of jail on $50,000 bond. His next court date is Aug. 5 at 9 a.m.

"It's a matter that involves Internet pictures. We take it very seriously. It's a felony, and we're going to address it in court," said attorney Robert Padovano, who represented Peterson at Monday's hearing. "Until then, I've advised him not to say anything."

Cary police Capt. Don Hamilton said that the accusations do not involve any local children or students, but that, in cases like this, there is always the chance that some victims may come forward. "This is really the tip of the iceberg now," he said.

Stella Shelton, interim communications officer for the Wake County Public School System, said Sunday that Peterson has worked at Green Hope High since August 2001. This past season, he led the girls' soccer team to an undefeated season, its first state title and No. 1 ranking in the country.

Peterson has also coached soccer players, girls of high school age, for the Capital Area Soccer League, said CASL Chief Executive Charlie Slagle. 

"We had no complaints about anything like this or anything all about his teams," Slagle said. "The parents and players loved that he was coaching their team." 

Slagle said Peterson has not worked for the league since last fall.

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  • LastSon1981 Jul 16, 2013

    "So what crime did he actually do if this occur in his home and nothing ever happen in the school or on the grounds. Tell me one cop that never did what he did....LOOK at porn." -678devilish

    Once again its sad when people care more about their guns than they do their kids.

  • FlyingTurtles Jul 16, 2013

    "So what crime did he actually do if this occur in his home and nothing ever happen in the school or on the grounds. Tell me one cop that never did what he did....LOOK at porn." -678devilish

    Since when is kiddie porn not illegal? Are you really going to defend porn involving 12 year old little girls? Seriously?

  • whyalltheproblems Jul 16, 2013

    so wouldn't it be a better use of resources to find out Where these chat rooms are taking place and taking steps to shut them down?? maybe I'm missing something. Doesn't make what he did right, but if it wasn't available, this wouldn't happen. I get the whole porn industry thing, but who is setting up these sites with children? and whose children are they???

  • 678devilish Jul 16, 2013

    "We had no complaints about anything like this or anything all about his teams," Slagle said. "The parents and players loved that he was coaching their team."

    So what crime did he actually do if this occur in his home and nothing ever happen in the school or on the grounds. Tell me one cop that never did what he did....LOOK at porn.

  • Nope Jul 16, 2013

    "Why are there underage sex chat rooms ???
    zenonx6"

    As gross as it sounds to us, I don't think that they are breaking any laws for just talking. Free speech and all.

  • Steve Mchugelarge Jul 16, 2013

    think so another guy on the 5th and one on the 2nd alone but being from Cary isn't the only thing these guys have in common.
    1981

    I wasnt implying they did. I was just answering the other post that Cary PD has a task force for this sort of crime and they seem to be doing a heckuva job at it with all the arrests in Cary for this crime. You wont hear me complaining about that kind of police work at all. Just depends on if youre a glass half full or half empty kinda guy. To some it may look like Cary is full of perverts because they arrest so many of them, but OTOH they seem to be actively hunting these kinds of criminals so they are going to turn up more often.

  • zenonx6 Jul 16, 2013

    Why are there underage sex chat rooms ???

  • heard-it-all-before Jul 16, 2013

    "I dont know much about this but why dont they contact the parents of the children. Surely the parents need to know what their children are doing."

    i'd be willing to place all of my chips on OF COURSE THEY DO

  • LastSon1981 Jul 16, 2013

    They must be. They bust a lot of perverts in Cary for this sort of thing. Didnt they bust a guy who played Santa Clause in Cary?

    Steve Mchugelarge

    I think so another guy on the 5th and one on the 2nd alone but being from Cary isn't the only thing these guys have in common.

  • MikeTysonsPunchOut Jul 16, 2013

    This is just plain scary. This dude lives near me and there are LOTS of kids in the area. Get/keep this perv-o off the streets. Guys like this don't change, they just try harder not to get caught.

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