Soccer Coach Charged with Dealing Child Porn

Daniel Cooke was an assistant coach at the Tatnall School in Wilmington

By Lauren DiSanto and David Chang
|  Thursday, May 2, 2013  |  Updated 12:20 AM EDT
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A soccer coach at a Wilmington School is behind bars after police say he was busted for child porn. NBC10's Chris Cato spoke with parents of the students at the school.

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A soccer coach at a Wilmington School is behind bars after police say he was busted for child porn. NBC10's Chris Cato spoke with parents of the students at the school.

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Cindy Wilkinson was shocked when she heard the news.

"Tatnall is a family school and I don't think they would do anything ever to put our kids in jeopardy," she said.

Wilkinson's four children attend the Tatnall School, a a college preparatory day school for students ages 3 through 12th grade in Wilmington, Delaware. It's also now a school with one less soccer coach.

Daniel Cooke, 26, was arrested for child pornography after an undercover investigation by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force. Cooke, of Hockessin, Del., was the assistant junior varsity soccer coach this year.

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"Troubling isn't even the word," said Tony Weymouth, a parent of a Tatnall student. "I can't even imagine. They did the best they could. You just never know who's going to come up with a bad record."

Police say they found multiple files of child pornography on Cooke's computers, including a video of an elementary school-age girl engaging in sexual acts with an adult man.

This was discovered after authorities searched Cooke's Michelangelo Court home yesterday.

“Receiving, possessing, and distributing child pornography are criminal acts that perpetuate the sexual abuse of kids and we’re working aggressively to hold offenders accountable,” Attorney General Beau Biden said in a release issued today.

Biden's children attend the school, according to multiple board members. Biden's spokesperson did not confirm this however. While the Attorney General's child predator task force arrested Cooke, the spokesman also said that if in fact Biden's children do attend the school, it wouldn't be a conflict of interest since his kids aren't old enough to have been coached by Cooke.

Cooke was arraigned today on 25 counts of dealing in child pornography. 

He is being held on $1.5 million secured bail.

 


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