Coach at Girard Playground in Metairie arrested, accused of sexually abusing 3 boys in 2003 _lowres

James Prince

A Metairie youth sports coach suspected of sexually abusing five men when they were boys is facing more allegations after investigators discovered explicit images of a sixth boy, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

It appears that James Prince, 44, took the photographs, which show a boy who was between 10 and 14 at the time, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato said. Prince was booked on eight counts each of possession and production of pornography involving juveniles.

Prince was previously jailed on one count of aggravated rape of a child younger than 13, four counts of sexual battery and five counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

The Sheriff’s Office announced Prince’s arrest on Oct. 24 after three men alleged he had sexually abused them while they were boys. He had been their coach at Girard Playground in Metairie more than a decade ago.

Two brothers alleged that Prince showed them pornography and told them to perform sexual acts, the Sheriff’s Office said. One of the boys said Prince performed oral sex on him.

A third boy alleged that Prince once filmed sex acts between him and the other two.

As news of Prince’s arrest spread, two other men came forward and accused him of sexually abusing them years ago when they were boys.

The Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday examined cellphones, cameras containing memory cards, compact discs and a computer tower seized from Prince’s house at the time he was arrested.

That’s when investigators found the photos of an unidentified boy. Before his arrest, Prince spent about 25 years volunteering as a baseball, basketball and football coach in Jefferson Parish, parish spokeswoman Kriss Fortunato said.

He was at Girard for most of that time, but he also coached for a while at Mike Miley Playground, off West Metairie Avenue.

Prince’s total bail on all the counts has been set at more than $700,000, records showed. He could face life imprisonment if found guilty of all the counts on which he has been booked. Investigators ask anyone with information to contact (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.