COPP, WILLIAM LEE
UNLAWFUL FLIGHT TO AVOID PROSECUTION - OBSCENE MATERIAL POSSESSION-POSSESSING A PHOTOGRAPH OFTHE SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY A CHILD (CHILD PORNOGRAPHY)
|Photograph taken in 2007||Photograph taken in 2007||Photograph taken in 2007|
WILLIAM LEE COPP
Aliases: Bill Copp, Bil Copp
Date of Birth Used: June 2, 1942
Place of Birth: Michigan
Weight: 200 pounds
Occupations: Copp was a gymnastics coach. He also has worked as a videographer and has beeninvolved in video production.
Scars and Marks: None known
Remarks: Copp is a former junior Olympics gymnastics coach and a member of the USA GymnasticsHall of Fame (trampoline and tumbling). Copp has lived in Cleveland, Ohio, and Sarasota and Venice,Florida. Copp has traveled extensively throughout the world and has contacts worldwide due to hisinvolvement in international gymnastics competitions. He reportedly has expressed interest intraveling to Panama and Colombia. Copp is known to have been in Spain recently.
William Lee Copp is wanted for child pornography offenses which occurred from the late 1990sthrough 2004, in Englewood, Florida. Copp is alleged to have used his credit card to subscribe to aweb site which allowed him to access child pornography. Copp allegedly downloaded child pornographyand saved it to his computer and disks.
Copp was charged in a 126-count criminal complaint and capias by the 12th Judicial CircuitCourt, State of Florida, for obscene material possession-possessing a photograph of the sexualperformance by a child (child pornography) in violation of Florida State statute. Copp wasscheduled to appear for a court proceeding on February 2, 2006, in Sarasota County, Florida,however, he failed to appear. He also was scheduled to appear for his trial on February 6, 2006, atthe Circuit Court, Sarasota, Florida, however, he failed to appear again. On February 7, 2006, astate warrant was issued for his arrest.
In addition, a federal arrest warrant was issued on February 24, 2006, by the United StatesDistrict Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, after Copp was charged federally withunlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS PERSON, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL FBI OFFICE OR THENEAREST AMERICAN EMBASSY OR CONSULATE.
Message from Executive Director Laura A. Ahearn: Parents for Megan's Law andthe Crime Victims Center provides advocacy, counseling and other valuable support services to childand adult victims of sexual assault and to all victims of violent crime. Please visit ourwebsite at www.parentsformeganslaw.org for news, information and resources in yourcommunity.