05/20/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Tara Monks // Tara Monks
Baltimore, MD – A judge from the Baltimore County Circuit Court sentenced a former girls soccer coach to jail for one year of jail for soliciting sex from a 14-year-old on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, as reported by The Baltimore Sun.
Charles L. Friedel, 33, of Hunting Fields Road in Middle River, had been a soccer coach for eight years. He coached the girl’s 11-year-old sister.
Judge John G. Turnbull II believed prosecutors were right when they said Friedel’s suggestive and lewd invitations to the 14-year-old, via text message, were not mistakenly sent to the girl. The defense claimed the messages were for a stranger he sought out online.
The judge claimed, “This was an individual who was known…She was targeted.”
In court, Friedel apologized to the girl’s parents. He said, “I’m not that kind of person. I made a huge, dumb mistake.”
Thurnbull imposed a five-year jail sentence, with the suspension of all but one year. The judge explained to Friedel that he would consider allowing him to participate in a work-release program. He also told Friedel he would consider releasing him to home detention.
In February, Friedel pleaded guilty to one count of soliciting sex from a minor. In the plea agreement, four other charges such as displaying obscene material to a minor were dropped.
During the summer of 2009, Friedel offered the girl private soccer lessons “in exchange for a kiss,” and sent her messages using graphic sexual terms, according to reports.
The girl told her father, who is an Anne Arundel County police officer, who then set up a sting.
Friedel was arrested at a Royal Farms store, after setting up what he thought was a meet with the girl.