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Hockey Coach Tim Bodenheimer Accused of Possessing Child Porn

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    Northern Virginia bureau chief Julie Carey reports on a youth hockey coach arrested on child porn charges. (Published Monday, Jan. 12, 2015)

    A Northern Virginia youth hockey coach is behind bars without bond after being arrested for possession of child porn.

    Timothy Bodenheimer, 27, worked as a volunteer assistant coach for a Washington Little Capitals travel team of 13 and 14-year-old boys. The Bodenheimer was once a standout player himself in the Washington Little Caps program and played hockey at Lebanon Valley College.

    Search warrant documents obtained by News4 show the investigation that led to Bodenheimer's arrest began in Dec. 19. That's when several parents contacted the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force to report their middle school-aged boys had been approached on social media by a suspicious individual.

    Investigators say all the boys played hockey.

    Using Instagram and Snapchat, the suspect used the names hockeyluvr24, yngpro24 and capslvr in contacting the teens.

    A Virginia State Police detective went undercover posing as one of the male 12-year-old hockey players. Before long, the suspect made sexually suggestive comments.

    Here is one exchange:

    Yngpro24: Ur a horny boy aren't h
    Yngpro24: U?
    Undecover detective: U have no idea.

    According to court documents, over the next several days, the suspect sent 13 videos of child pornography. Investigators tracked the Instagram account to a Fairfax Station home where they say Bodenheimer's parents live.

    Police executed a search warrant there Jan. 7, seizing laptops iPads, hard drives and cellphones.

    Bodenheimer was arrested over the weekend. Virginia State Police said he faces 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

    The director of the Washington Little Caps program didn't hear about the arrest until News4 phoned him Monday seeking comment.

    Several hours later, Dan Jablonic forwarded an email letter that's being sent to parents in the Little Caps program.

    It reads in part:

    "Today the Washington Little Capitals are shocked to learn of the arrest of former volunteer coach Tim Bodenheimer. We take the safety and welfare of our players and their families very seriously. If you have information related to Mr. Bodenheimer and any of his alleged actions, please contact the Northern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force atnovaicac@vsp.virginia.gov. The WLC will cooperate in any investigation and we encourage all members of our organization to do the same."

    It's unclear whether boys Bodenheimer allegedly contacted were players on his team or other teams.