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Former Youth Cheerleading Coach Charged With Child Pornography

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By: Melissa Toupin

mtoupin@abc6.com

Police say Andrew DeMello, 22, of Raynham used a fake persona to entice middle school boys into performing acts of a sexual nature for his personal viewing over an on–line video camera.

The teenage boys are all football players for Taunton Pop Warner. DeMello was a cheer coach for the organization at the time. He also coached one season at Friedman Middle School.

"It's a tough world if kids can't go out and be able to trust adults. It's absolutely sad," said John Matthews of Taunton.

Police say DeMello posed as a 19 year old female on Skype, an on–line video chat service. In August Investigators took all the computers from his home, and say the investigation shows there were at least four teenaged victims.

"I think that's where the parents play a role. You've got to monitor what your children do on the computer," said Ruthie Delsolio of Taunton.

DeMello is charged with 3 counts of child pornography. He is not allowed in contact with children under the age of 16 in person or on the computer. He faces up to 5 years in prison for each count.

"I feel bad for his family that they have to go through this but I feel sadder for the family of the children that went through this that didn't know any better," said Delsolio.

Taunton Pop Warner had no comment.  ABC6 reached out to Taunton Public Schools for comment but did not receive a response.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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