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Former youth soccer coach sentenced for sex with minor

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A May­fair res­id­ent and former youth soc­cer coach was sen­tenced on Monday to serve 12-1/2 to 25 years in pris­on for hav­ing sex with a 16-year-old girl and so­li­cit­ing na­ked pho­tos from sev­er­al oth­er teens.

Vin­cent Mickle, 35, of the 3200 block of Tees­dale St., used so­cial me­dia Web sites in­clud­ing Face­book and MySpace to in­tro­duce him­self to teen­age girls, many of them high school ath­letes, au­thor­it­ies said. Many of the girls ac­cep­ted his “friend” re­quests and ex­changed text mes­sages with him.

Mickle, a former Light­house Soc­cer Club coach, in­vited the teens to his home and gave them al­co­hol and marijuana, au­thor­it­ies said. Some of the teens sent na­ked pic­tures of them­selves to Mickle upon his re­quest and one en­gaged in sexu­al in­ter­course with him.

Au­thor­it­ies began in­vest­ig­at­ing Mickle in early 2010 after he showed up to watch one of his vic­tims in a field hockey game. The teen was alarmed, au­thor­it­ies said, and told of­fi­cials at her school how Mickle had earli­er con­tac­ted her via the In­ter­net.

De­tect­ives from the po­lice de­part­ment’s spe­cial vic­tims unit iden­ti­fied five ad­di­tion­al vic­tims. They ar­res­ted Mickle in March 2010 and found hun­dreds of por­no­graph­ic im­ages on his per­son­al com­puter, many of which de­pic­ted chil­dren un­der 10 years old.

Mickle pleaded guilty last June to stat­utory sexu­al as­sault, in­vol­un­tary de­vi­ate sexu­al in­ter­course, un­law­ful con­tact with a minor, cor­rupt­ing a minor and nu­mer­ous counts of pos­sess­ing child por­no­graphy.

He has been clas­si­fied as a sexu­ally vi­ol­ent pred­at­or and will have to re­port as a sexu­al of­fend­er upon his re­lease from pris­on. Mickle was not ac­cused of us­ing his former vo­lun­teer coach­ing po­s­i­tion with the Light­house Soc­cer Club to com­mit crimes. ••

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