Coach charged with child porn resigns

khui@newsobserver.comJuly 18, 2013 

Robert Jules "Bobby" Peterson, (left) coach of the national champion girls soccer team at Green Hope High School, makes his first appearance in Wake County court Monday, July 15, 2013. Peterson was arrested Saturday on charges that he possessed computer images showing minors in sexual poses, according to arrest warrants from Cary police. Attorney Robert Padovano, who represented Peterson during the brief hearing, is at right.

SCOTT SHARPE — ssharpe@newsobserver.com

— Robert J. Peterson, the Green Hope High School girls' soccer coach accused of possessing child porn, resigned his position Wednesday, according to a Wake County schools' spokeswoman.

Peterson, 43, of 1113 Tarbert Court, had been suspended with pay following his arrest early Saturday by Cary police.

He faces six counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, which state law says is a case in which someone "knowing the character or content of the material, ... possesses material that contains a visual representation of a minor engaging in sexual activity."

According to arrest warrants, investigators say they had established that Peterson had six computer images showing unknown girls whose ages were estimated to be as young as 3 and as old as 11, with most estimated to be 5 to 8 years old.

Peterson was released on $50,000 bail.

Peterson joined the Wake school system in August 2001. In addition to teaching social studies, he has been coach of the girls’ team since March 2004, when he moved up from coaching junior varsity soccer.

His coaching statistics were stunning: Peterson' teams had a 125-15-1 overall record from 2008-2013 and was 72-3 in the last three seasons.

The team won its first conference championship in 2009, and four years later was considered the nation's best team.

He also helped high-school aged club teams in the Capital Area Soccer League. In 2009, Peterson was coaching girls 14 and younger, while most recently he had worked with players 18 and younger.

CASL CEO Charlie Slagle said on Monday that Peterson is not scheduled to work with CASL this upcoming year, but it was something decided before the news of his arrest.

"We have never gotten any complaints about him in the past," Slagle said.

 

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