Youth Coach Who Blackmailed Players for Nude Photos Gets 25 Years
CONCORD — A former youth sports coach who used sextortion to get his players to send him nude photos of themselves has been sentence to 25 years.
According to court documents and statements in court, Matthew Riehl, 25, of Goffstown, coached youth sports teams in Goffstown. Between July 2015 and August 2016, Riehl posed as a teenage girl using social media, including Instagram, Snapchat and KIK Messenger, to contact his victims. He persuaded his victims to take sexually explicit photographs of themselves and send the photographs to him.
If victims sent pictures that were not sexually explicit, Riehl continued to persuade them to take photographs showing more sexually explicit conduct. In other instances, Riehl coerced the victims to send explicit photographs by threatening to post previous photos the victims had sent on social media.
On Aug. 31, 2016, a search warrant was executed at Riehl's home in Goffstown and police seized his cellphone. A forensic examination of the phone by the New Hampshire Internet Crimes against Children Task Force revealed approximately 500 photographs of minor boys, including examples of child pornography.
The photographs showed members of the teams that Riehl coached.
"I commend the bravery of the victims and their families who cooperated with this investigation and encourage all parents to speak to their children about the dangers that lurk on the Internet,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John Farley in a prepared statement.
Riehl, who previously pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release. He also will have to register as a sex offender for life.
“This 25-year sentence demonstrates that those who use the Internet to prey on young victims will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Farley said. “It is a sad fact of modern life that some individuals adopt false identities on the Internet in order to manipulate and exploit their young victims."
The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Goffstown and Bedford Police Departments, the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office, and the New Hampshire Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, which includes members of several other police departments.
“This case involves an egregious breach of public trust, given Mr. Riehl’s former position in the community, and today’s significant sentencing ensures that he no longer has access to children,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael Shea of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Boston. “HSI is proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our law enforcement partners and other stakeholders aggressively engaged in the effort against child predators.”