C'Ville Soccer Coach Arrested in Child Sex Crime Investigation
A Charlottesville soccer coach is facing some hefty accusations following an online sting. It all stems from a child sex crime investigation beginning in Page County.
The Page County Sheriff's Office says 22-year-old Matthew Dakota Sachs was trying to get together with a 14-year-old he met online, but was caught by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.
Sachs is facing four felonies including solicitation of a minor by computer. Investigators say Sachs was online chatting with a 14-year-old girl. It turned out that "girl" was an officer. After several explicit messages, authorities say Sachs agreed to meet the "juvenile" at a restaurant in Luray where he was arrested.
At the time of the arrest, Sachs was a coach with Soccer Organization Charlottesville – Albemarle (SOCA). Sachs had once been a youth player with the organization and coached youth boys' teams. We're told he resigned last fall without an explanation.
SOCA's Executive Director William Mueller released a statement saying, "...SOCA completed the required background check on Matthew prior to his participating as a coach with us. The result of that search was completely clear." Mueller goes on to say, "...It is our understanding that the charges do not involve any local children nor have any association with SOCA participants." (See below for his full statement).
Sachs' father says it was an isolated incident and that his son was caught up in a sting operation in an adult chatroom. In a statement he said, "To my knowledge my son has been evaluated and is no risk to the community." He added, "It was stupidity and naivety on a young kid's part."
A grand jury has certified the charges against Sachs. He will have a jury trial in Page County Circuit Court on July 18.
The NBC29 newsroom has received the following statement from SOCA Executive Director William Mueller:
SOCA is shocked, saddened and concerned to learn of this news.
Matthew Sachs has been both a youth player and a coach in our organization and during that time has been highly regarded by his teams.
Our experiences with him have always been positive. We have never previously had any cause to be concerned in any way with his participation in our club.
SOCA completes background checks on all adults who serve in official capacities with children. SOCA completed the required background check on Matthew prior to his participating as a coach with us. The result of that search was completely clear and free of any incidents at that time.
It is our understanding that the charges do not involve any local children nor have any association with SOCA participants.
We understand that at this time there is no conviction and we have not seen any information regarding the charges or evidence.
We refrain from further comment pending the outcome of legal proceedings.
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