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Youth soccer coach faces child porn charges, Pinellas deputies say

The Clearwater man says he’s a youth soccer coach in Largo, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Lonnie Smith, 28, of Clearwater, faces 11 counts of possession of child pornography, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Lonnie Smith, 28, of Clearwater, faces 11 counts of possession of child pornography, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. [ Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Jul. 3
Updated Jul. 3

A 28-year-old Clearwater man and youth soccer coach faces 11 counts of child pornography charges, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation started when sheriff’s detectives said they received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about an online account that contained pornographic images of children.

Detectives said they linked the account to Lonnie Smith of Clearwater. They determined Smith was the the sole owner and operator of the account, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

When detectives interviewed him, they said Smith admitted to sending and receiving child pornography over social media. He was arrested on 11 counts of possession of child pornography. He was booked into the Pinellas County jail, where he was being held in lieu of $110,000 bail.

Smith told deputies he’s a youth soccer coach in Largo. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Paden at 727-582-5714 or by email at npaden@pcsonet.com.