Crime

Former Puyallup youth sports coach accused of producing child porn

A 42-year-old man who once coached youth sports in Puyallup and with the Puyallup School District is accused of molesting at least 10 children and producing child pornography.

Kenneth “Scott” Carroll has not be charged in Pierce County but officials said Thursday he has been indicated on nine counts of sexual abuse, sodomy and unlawful sexual penetration in Clackamas County, Oregon.

Five victims have been identified in Washington State and another five in Oregon. Investigators believe there are other victims who have not come forward.

“I would suspect his victimization is going to extend much further than it has thus far,” said Lt. Ron Mead, who supervises the Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force.

The investigation into the former coach began in February after an alleged victim told authorities he was molested when he was 12.

Detectives said the coach might have started sexually abusing children as far back as 1997. Many of the victims now are adults and say they were abused when they were young teens.

Carroll coached the Puyallup Roughriders football program and the Puyallup Falcons junior wrestling team. Parents whose children participate in those programs were notified of the former coach’s arrest Wednesday.

A call for comment to the Roughriders Thursday was not returned. Steve Losee, director of competition for the Falcons, said the current board and players do not know Carroll because he left the league in 2006.

“We are aware of the story and our hearts go out to the victims,” the Falcons said in a written statement posted on their website Friday.

The State Patrol said both organizations have cooperated with the investigation.

Carroll was a wrestling coach with the Puyallup School District from October 2006 to November 2007.

The district has not been contacted by investigators concerning Carroll, district spokesman Brian Fox said Thursday.

The ongoing investigation has turned up nothing involving Carroll’s time with the school district and has focused on his stint with the private football and wresting programs, Mead said.

“But nothing has been ruled out,” he said.

Detectives served several search warrants at Carroll’s Puyallup home and allegedly found more than 140,000 child porn photos and 1,000 videos. Most of the images were downloaded from the Internet, but some allegedly were taken by Carroll.

“It didn’t take long for us to find evidence that Mr. Carroll had compounded his crimes by videotaping the abuse,” Mead said. “We’ve got a mammoth amount of evidence collected in this case.”

Carroll has lived in Puyallup and Canada in recent years, the State Patrol said.

He met the alleged victims in Oregon when he coached youth wrestling and football for the Colton School District and for Colton Youth Sports between 1998 and 2002, The Oregonian reported.

Detectives believe there are additional victims and are urging anyone who was abused or might information about Carroll’s activities to come forward.

“We want to document every single case of abuse and make sure each victim knows we take their case seriously,” Mead said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 360-704-2410 or email metcf@wsp.wa.gov.

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