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Howard Men's Soccer Coach Arrested in Youth Sex Sting

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Howard University's head men's soccer coach has been arrested for allegedly trying to set up a sexual encounter with a person he met on the Internet and thought was a 13-year-old girl, authorities said yesterday.

Joseph E. Okoh, 40, was caught in a sting operation conducted by the Louisa County Sheriff's Office as part of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, authorities said.

Okoh, of Arlington, allegedly traveled to Louisa County thinking he would meet the girl, authorities said. The person turned out to be an undercover investigator, and Okoh was charged with using a communications system to solicit a person under 15 with lascivious intent, a felony.

He has been suspended from all Howard University activities and duties pending completion of the investigation, school officials said.

Okoh, who was arrested Friday, was held without bond after a hearing at the Louisa County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. He has a follow-up hearing scheduled for Friday, authorities said.

-- Allison Klein

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