Archive for Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Ex-coach pleads guilty in child pornography case

June 21, 2006

A former University of St. Mary football coach has pled guilty to trafficking in child pornography.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, Scott Frear, 42, Leavenworth, entered the plea recently during a hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Vratil in Kansas City, Kan. Frear formerly coached football at the Leavenworth university.

"Mr. Frear used an Internet chat room to strike up a relationship with what he thought was a 14-year-old boy," said U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren. "In fact, Mr. Frear was making sexual advances and sending child pornography over the Internet to a police detective in New Hampshire."

In his plea, Frear admitted he corresponded during July 2005 with a person whose screen name was "bradnh14" in the chat room of a group hosted by yahoo.com that caters to adults interested in sex with or between male children, according to Melgren's office.

A detective who was posing as "bradnh14" had posted a profile with a photo of himself when he was 13 or 14 years old. During the conversation over the Internet, "bradnh14" told Frear he was 14 and a resident of New Hampshire. Frear replied that he was 28 years old, a teacher and a resident of Kansas. Frear used a Web camera to send images of his erect penis and images of himself masturbating to "bradnh14."

He also sent short video clips of nude adolescent males having sexual intercourse.

Frear, who faces a possible sentence of five to 20 years in federal prison, will be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 28.

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