Former Phoenix-area soccer coach enters guilty plea in sex crimes case

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A former youth soccer league coach has entered a guilty plea to various sex crime charges.

The Maricopa County Superior Court says 25-year-old Daniel Cope pleaded guilty to attempted sexual conduct with a minor, three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.

Cope is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 12.

Cope was a volunteer with American Youth Soccer Organization for about two years in a local league that serves children in Ahwatukee, Phoenix, south Tempe and Chandler.

El Mirage police say investigators discovered about 2,000 photos and 400 videos of child pornography in his computer.

None of the children he coached stepped forward with any allegations of misconduct.