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Coach of nation's top high school girls soccer team arrested on child porn charges

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Robert Peterson is charged with six counts of third degree exploitation of a minor. Robert Peterson is charged with six counts of third degree exploitation of a minor.

CARY, N.C. - The head coach of the Green Hope High School girls soccer team was charged with possession of child porn.

Cary Police arrested Robert Peterson, 43, early Saturday morning at his home on Tarbert Court.

Peterson is charged with six counts of third degree exploitation of a minor. He was released on a $50,000 secured bond. When WNCN visited his home Sunday, we were told "no comment".

Police say the charges are not related to an inappropriate relationship with a student. The charge stems from possession of child pornography.

The Green Hope girls soccer team won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A state championship in May.

The Falcons finished the season undefeated and ranked number one in the nation.

According to the school's website, Peterson also teaches social studies at Green Hope.

WNCN spoke with some of Peterson's former students Sunday night, who said the news had quickly spread among young people in the area, and they expressed shock and disbelief. One former student of his saying, he taught law, which made his arrest even more hard to believe.

Stella Shelton, with the Wake County Public School System, said Peterson has worked at Green Hope since August 2001, and has been suspended with pay.

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