Former area youth coach is sentenced

CONCORD – A former youth sports coach is going to prison for 25 years after pleading guilty to producing child pornography.

Acting U.S. Attorney John Farley announced Wednesday that Matthew Riehl, 25, of Goffstown, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for producing child pornography.

“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.

According to court documents and statements in court, Riehl coached youth sports teams in Goffstown. Between July 2015 and August 2016, while posing as a teenage girl, he contacted his male victims using social media accounts, including Instagram, Snapchat and KIK Messenger, and persuaded his victims to take sexually explicit photographs of themselves and send them to him.

“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,” Farley said.

According to the court record, when some of the victims sent pictures that were not sexually explicit, Riehl worked to convince them to take photographs showing more sexually explicit conduct. In some instances, Riehl was able to coerce the victims to send explicit photographs by threatening to post on social media photographs that the victims previously sent to him.

On Aug. 31, 2016, a search warrant was executed at the Riehl’s home in Goffstown, and his cell phone was seized. A forensic examination of the phone by the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force revealed approximately 500 photographs of minor boys, in various states of dress, including examples of child pornography, Farley said. Numerous photographs depicted individuals who were members of teams Riehl had 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,” Farley said.

Riehl will serve 25 years in federal prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release. He also is required to register as a sex offender for life.

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or dfisher@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DF.