Crime

May 21, 2014

Former Lee’s Summit soccer coach faces new child pornography allegations

A federal grand jury in Kansas City indicted Joel D. White on 11 counts of attempting to produce child pornography. The new indictment adds eight counts to the three White was initially charged with in April 2013. He has been in custody since then.

A former Lee’s Summit soccer coach jailed last year on child pornography charges is facing new counts involving more alleged victims.

A federal grand jury in Kansas City on Wednesday indicted Joel D. White on 11 counts of attempting to produce child pornography. The new indictment adds eight counts to the three White was initially charged with in April 2013. He has been in custody since then.

White, 41, who coached several youth soccer teams, is accused of videotaping minors who appeared to be about 11 or 12 years old while they were changing clothes.

According to court documents filed with the original charges, the minors were taped fully nude and apparently did not know they were being taped. The alleged crimes occurred between May 2012 and March 2013, according to the indictment.

Besides coaching youth teams, White operated a business that provided disc jockey and photography services at youth-related events, but prosecutors said the charges are not related to that business.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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