Western New York soccer trainer facing child porn charges

Crime

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A a local soccer trainer is facing child porn charges.

Prosecutors say Shelby Garigen, 41, of Clarence Center, started using Snapchat to communicate with a 17-year-old boy in November 2017. The boy played on a soccer team she trained.

The communication soon turned sexual, and eventually, the two started exchanging sexually explicit photos with one another, prosecutors say.

Last month, the boy’s parent discovered the Snapchat communication between the two, officials say.

After this, that parent contacted the Monroe County District Attorney’s office, who then reached out to the FBI office in Buffalo.

Following this, the FBI began to assume the online identity of the 17-year-old. The communication became sexual again, and Garigen sent sexually explicit videos of herself to someone she thought was a minor, prosecutors say.

Additionally, officials say she even made arrangements to meet with the person for sex, and upon coming to that meeting is when she was met by law enforcement.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says there was at least one other 17-year-old victim, and officials believe there could be more victims. Anyone with information that could help prosecutors is asked to call (716) 843-1616.

Garigen is formally charged with receipt of child pornography and access with intent to view child pornography. If convicted, she could spend 5-35 years in prison. In the meantime, a U.S. magistrate judge released her under the conditions that she can’t be employed with youth sports programs nor have contact with minors, and her use of electronic devices is restricted.

As of Thursday night, her name was still listed as an Empire United staff trainer on the U.S. Soccer Development Academy website.

News 4 made efforts to reach coaches and directors with Empire United Soccer Club but did not hear back from anyone on Thursday, however an e-mail shared with News 4 shows a message from the Club’s executive director to families. It reads as follows:

Empire families,
Today we were shocked to learn of the arrest of a female athletic trainer who worked exclusively with our Development Academy teams. She faces allegations that she used social media to send sexually explicit images and texts to two of our players. First and foremost, our thoughts and concerns are with our players and their families. We are aware of how serious this matter is and we are cooperating fully with law enforcement. We encourage anyone in the organization who has any information to come forward and reach out to law enforcement.
The safety and well-being of our players is our highest priority and we follow state guidelines for background checks as well as Safesport Training for our staff.  Additional information on best practices for keeping children safe can be found in the Safesport Parent Toolkit:
https://resources.safesport.org/toolkits/Parent-Toolkit-Complete/index.html
Sincerely,
James Mort
Executive Director at Empire United Soccer Academy, Inc.

 

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