Ex-Rockford rowing coach pleads to federal charges

Timothy Vallier admitted to recording underage girls while they changed

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Mug shot of Timothy Vallier provided by Kent County Sheriff's Department. (July 11, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The former Rockford rowing coach accused of recording teen girls while they changed their clothes has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Timothy Vallier, 30, of Plainfield Township, pleaded guilty to attempted sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography, according documents filed in federal court on Tuesday.

According to the documents, Vallier admitted that between January 2012 and April 2016, he recorded 86 videos of minors changing in the boathouse used by the Northview and Rockford crew teams and the locker room at Rockford Public Schools’ Freshman Center. He also admitted to downloading child porn from the internet and saving it on his computers.

Under the terms of the plea deal, Vallier agreed to pay restitution to the families of the children involved.

For their part, federal prosecutors agreed not to file any further attempted exploitation or child porn charges against Vallier in connection to the current investigation.

Possession of child porn is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and attempted sexual exploitation of a child is punishable by up to 30 years. Vallier will also have to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

Vallier, who was the head coach of the Rockford men’s rowing team and had coached for the district since 2009, was arrested in July. He was fired immediately after he was connected to the videos.

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