Case against soccer coach turns federal - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Case against soccer coach turns federal

Police say a former soccer coach used two of the community's most popular websites to solicit a 14 year old girl online, earlier this week. Federal prosecutors are pursuing more and more cases like the one now pending against 25 year old Robert Haile of Louisville.

They become federal cases because of using the Internet. Court records tell the prosecution's side of how Haile asked for sex and what he had to say when confronted after his arrest.

Dressed in a t-shirt, soccer shorts and handcuffs, Robert Haile walks to a police car after his hearing in federal court.

He had just heard specifics of new, "federal" charges against him. Charges that could bring from ten years to life in prison, if he's convicted.

Haile's accused of going online and asking for oral sex from a person he thought to be a 14 year old girl. Instead, that girl was a metro police detective.

Haile's also accused of sending that girl a picture of his penis and arranging a meeting at a Lyndon park.

Such cases are on the increase in Kentucky. The U.S. attorney says his office has handled nine so far this year, compared to 16 for all of last year.

"It goes up every year," said U.S. Attorney David Huber.

"What we like about these cases is no children have been harmed by this. So we're taking these people off the street," said Huber.

Court records say Haile first approached the girl on Louisville Mojo, under the screen name of "Yurmom."

Haile's picture is on his profile, including his age, that's he's single, straight and "here for just dating with a female."

An affidavit says Haile later moved to the Yahoo! Messenger, under the name "KFC-Rob," where he discussed meeting the girl for sex and sent the obscene picture.

"Law enforcement is all over the Internet as much as it can be. And if you're unlucky enough to have talked to someone who is an undercover policeman, you're in big trouble," said Huber.

The CEO for Louisville Mojo's owner says the site prohibits its use by minors under age 18.

It also is "always eager" to work with police if a site user is a risk to the community or if a crime is involved.

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