FBI seeking information on Topeka high school coach, says he posed as teen girl to get explicit photos
Updated at 10:35 a.m. Friday
The FBI is searching for possible victims of a Topeka teacher and coach who allegedly solicited child pornography by posing as a teen on social media and dating apps.
The bureau announced in a news release Friday that it was asking for the public’s help to find possible victims of Jeffrey D. Pierce, a high school basketball coach and history teacher at Seaman High School who has been charged with sexually exploiting minors.
Pierce, 40, is currently in federal custody and is charged with two counts of producing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. The production crimes are alleged to have occurred March 10 and March 14 while the possession crime is alleged to have occurred on Wednesday, according to a news release from the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.
The FBI said Pierce allegedly used several social networking sites to pose as a teenage girl to solicit explicit photos or videos from the juveniles.
To help find possible victims, the FBI announced the social media user names Pierce is believed to have used:
• Instagram: addie8651, addiestrode111, Addie Strode, Kennedy, Addison Strode
• Snapchat: jp131780 (Addilyn), Jordan_reh (Kennedy), Kennedy Lacrone, Jordy Rey Rey, jacy townsend
• KiK: jordyreyrey (Addie Strode) (Kennedy)
• Grinder: Discreet
The FBI asks those who think they or their children have been a victim of these alleged crimes to email the organization at TopekaVAP@fbi.gov.
If convicted, Pierce could face up to 30 years in federal prison for each production count and up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the possession count.
Pierce was suspended from his job at Seaman High because of the investigation. The Seaman school board will consider terminating his teaching contract Friday.
Prior to working as a history teacher at Seaman High, Pierce worked for the nearby Auburn-Washburn school district as a history teacher and cross country, basketball and track coach.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.