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CAHS Track Coach Arrested By Feds On Production Of Child Pornography Charges

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A CAHS track coach who took nude videos of boys’ genitals at the high school and allegedly raped and molested them as well has been arrested by federal authorities.

Alfredo Bruce Smith, 50, of St. Thomas, was arrested today on a criminal complaint related to his alleged molestation of multiple minors and production of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to court documents, Smith works as a track and field coach and as a school monitor at Charlotte Amalie High School.

CAHS Track Coach Arrested By Feds On Production Of Child Pornography Charges
CHARGED: Alfredo Bruce Smith, 50, of St. Thomas.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) began an investigation into Smith’s alleged activities after receiving reports that Smith inappropriately touched a minor during a school-sponsored track and field trip in March 2021 and that there were photographs of juvenile males who attended CAHS in the coach’s cell phone.

One witness reported that over six young males confided that they had been molested or raped by Smith.

A search of Smith’s social medial account revealed dozens of photographs and sex videos of minor males and their genitals. A federal search warrant was executed on August 31, 2021 at Smith’s residence.

According to court documents, a video depicting a sex act was located on a camcorder belonging to CAHS, which was located in the defendant’s bedroom. The sex act appears to take place within the school.

Smith is charged with a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2251, sexual exploitation of children.

If convicted, Smith faces a penalty of 15 to 30 years in prison.

A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The investigation is being conducted by Homeland Security Investigations.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Natasha Baker is prosecuting the case.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-800-981-3030 or by calling 787-729-6969.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

By John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.