UPDATE: Former little league coach pleads guilty to sexual abuse charges

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Published: Apr. 14, 2016 at 11:30 PM EDT
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UPDATE 4/14/16

FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former Little League Baseball Coach accused of sexually abusing several minors has entered a guilty plea in Fayette County Circuit Court.

John Hunter Krise, 26, of Fayetteville, plead guilty to two counts of Sexual Abuse by a Parent, Guardian, Custodian or Person in a Position of Trust in Relation to a Minor Child, two counts of Soliciting a Minor via a Computer and two counts of Posession, Distribution or Display of Child Pornography.

According to a release, Krise freely admitted that he was involved in these crimes.

Krise was originally arrested at his home near Fayetteville in June of 2015 after an investigation into these allegations. During the execution of a search warrant, investigators seized several electronic devices that contained numerous text messages between Krise and several male juveniles. They also recovered hundreds of sexually explicit photographs and videos depicting young children in various sex acts.

“John Hunter Krise could potentially have been charged with hundreds of counts of criminal conduct in relation to this investigation,” said Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Harrah, "Today marks the beginning of the closure and healing process for these victims and their families, and for our community as a whole.”

Krise's sentencing date was tentatively set for June 17th, 2015

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FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Fayette County man is facing charges after he allegedly attempted to sexually abuse several minors.

Deputies say John Krise, 26, of Fayetteville was arrested Friday.

Deputies say they were notified Wednesday of a volunteer coach for a little league baseball team who had allegedly been exchanging sexually explicit messages with several young children.

"As a parent, it's disgusting," said Tim Naylor, a parent, and the little league president. "It's the lowest thing you want to imagine."

According to a criminal complaint, Krise had allegedly been engaging in what is known as "grooming," which police say is when someone attempts to establish a relationship with these kids and gain their trust before attempting to sexually abuse them.

"From what we have been able to determine at this point, this had not yet progressed to the point where this individual had actually been able to engage in the physical sexual abuse of any of these children," said Sheriff Steve Kessler.

Naylor says Krise has been a coach for at least five years.

He says all volunteers pass a background check every year.

"Parents trust us with their kids and we do everything we can to make sure they're safe," Naylor said.

Krise is charged with two counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust in relation to a minor child and three counts of soliciting a minor via a computer.

"The investigation into these allegations is not yet complete," said Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Harrah. "All of the information that we have developed to this point indicates that there may be additional victims who we have not yet identified."

The Fayette County Sheriff's Department warns all parents to keep the line of communication open between them and their children.

"There comes a point you have to trust people. but at the same time, just staying involved in your child's lives," said Captain Jim Sizemore with the Fayette County Sheriff's Department. "Check their text messages. Check their Facebook accounts."

Bond has been set for Krise at $250,000.

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