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IA- Mofle commits suicide

Former coach faced child porn charges

3-6-2008 Iowa:

WEBSTER CITY — Shawn Mofle was found dead from an apparent suicide Thursday before a scheduled arraignment.

Mofle, 41, a former Webster City Middle School boys basketball coach, was scheduled to appear in Federal Court in Sioux City on eight counts of producing child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography.

Mofle was arrested Jan. 16 in Webster City after one of his stepsons found a mini DV cassette that had video of boys showering in a locker room.

He was being held in the Union County jail in Elk Point, S.D., where he was being held under a contract with the U.S. Marshal’s office. His body was found at about 7:30 a.m. He appeared to have hanged himself before his Thursday hearing, according to the U.S. Marshal’s office.

He faced spending the rest of his life in prison on the charges.

Each of those six charges of producing child porn carried up to 30 years in prison or a minimum of 15 years in prison. Each count of possesion of child pornography carried up to 10 years in prison.

In four counts, Mofle is accused of videotaping seventh-grade basketball players in the locker room at the Webster City Middle School from a camera placed in a duffel bag on four separate dates — Jan. 2, Jan. 3, Jan. 4 and Jan. 10.

He was also accused of engaging in oral sex with a minor April 21 and July 16, 2003, and making videotapes of those acts, according to the indictment filed against him Feb. 28. ..more.. by The Messenger

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