A Hockessin man who once coached at Tatnall School in Greenville has been arrested by state authorities for allegedly engaging in the distribution of child pornography.
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said an undercover online investigation conducted by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force led to the arrest of Daniel R. Cooke, 26, of Hockessin.
"Receiving, possessing, and distributing child pornography are criminal acts that perpetuate the sexual abuse of kids, and we're working aggressively to hold offenders accountable," Biden said.
The Delaware Child Predator Task Force obtained a search warrant Monday for a residence on Michelangelo Court in Hockessin, Delaware Department of Justice spokesman Jason Miller said. Detectives seized several computers and multiple assorted media and electronic storage devices.
Cooke was identified as a person of interest in the case and was taken to Delaware State Police Troop #6 in Prices Corner for further investigation, Miller said. A forensic preview of the seized evidence revealed multiple files of child pornography, including a video of an elementary school-age female child engaged in sex acts with an adult male.
Cooke was then arrested and charged with 25 counts of dealing in child pornography as a result of the investigation, Miller said. He was arraigned via videophone by Delaware Justice of the Peace Court #2 and was taken to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in lieu of $1.5 million secured bail.
Cooke reported to investigators at the time of his arrest that he had been employed as an assistant junior varsity soccer coach at the Tatnall School during the 2012-2013 school year.
Tatnall spokesman Michael Morgan confirmed that Cooke was an assistant junior varsity soccer coach for the boys program during the 2012, fall season.
"He was hired only for that season, with no expectation at the time that he would continue in any other capacity or be rehired next year," Morgan said. "The school has had no contact with him since the season ended on Nov. 1, 2012.
"The school did run a background check at the time of hire, as is our requirement, and it came back clean," he added. "We also have no reports of any problems while he was here. Beyond that we have no comment."