LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Parents are distraught after learning that the man who coached their children is at the center of a child porn investigation. Charles Nave III is accused of downloading and trading more than two-hundred images of naked children, some as young as three years old.
Nave coached several of his own childrens' sports teams, including the Lee County Strikers soccer team. "I was just stunned by who it was," said one mother who wanted to remain anonymous. She said her son played soccer for the Strikers. Nave was his coach.
"He seemed just like a regular busy normal guy, you know, dad, just running around from practice to practice," she said. "You wouldn't think anything of it. It's infuriating to know that someone would just be involved in something like that, to purchase pictures, download pictures, take pictures. The whole thing is just messed up."
The mother told us that the players didn't travel with the coaches. Still, she wants to be sure the victims, near or -far, are safe. "That's where they should be heading," she said of the investigation, "where did the pictures come from?"
"When it's a situation with a teacher or someone involved in childrens' activities, the question goes unanswered, has there been any inappropriate contact with those children," Attorney Scott Moorey said. "Typically, the investigators will go an interview the individuals the person had contact with."
Moorey has defended child pornography cases for more than fifteen years. While he is not involved with this particular case, he says Nave's admission that he's "addicted to porn and needs help" could work against him.
"It makes it very easy for the government to prove their case," Moorey said. "An excuse of addiction or some sort of psychological issue isn't always so successful. The law is the law, and if you break the law simply because you are addicted to something, it's very difficult to overcome."
Nave's next court hearing in federal court is scheduled for May 7th.