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Gymnastics coach, who fled for the US pleads guilty to child pornography

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A former California youth gymnastics coach who fled the country more than a decade ago to avoid prosecution has pled guilty to possession of child pornography.

U.S. prosecutors in Sacramento say 48-year-old Derek Swede Godfrey escaped to the Netherlands in 2006, a day after law enforcement agents more than 400 explicit videos and 5,000 pornographic photos on his computer.

He was indicted in 2007. But it was only in 2012 that the authorities found him in Perth, Australia, where he was again coaching youth gymnastics.

The australian authorities arrested Godfrey on non-related charges. They agreed in 2016 to deliver him back to the United States.

Godfrey faces up to 10 years in federal prison at his sentencing in June.

Lawyer Linda Parisi did not immediately return phone and e-mail requests seeking comment.

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