On the day his trial was to have begun, a soccer coach accused of trying to engage a 14-year-old girl in sex pleaded guilty Tuesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court to one count of sexual solicitation of a minor.
Charles Friedel, a 33-year-old Middle River resident, had offered to give the girl private soccer lessons last summer and then propositioned her in text messages, according to Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger, who prosecuted the case. Friedel's messages carried sexually explicit pictures of himself, and he asked her to send him similar images, the prosecutor said.
The girl told her parents about the messages. The couple summoned the police, who assumed the identity of the girl in text messages and arranged a meeting at a Royal Farms store. Friedel, who Shellenberger said agreed to meet the girl "for the purpose of engaging in sex with her," was arrested when he showed up at the convenience store.