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Lancaster AYSO soccer coach accused of molesting 13 boys

Los Angeles County prosecutors Thursday charged an American Youth Soccer Organization coach in Lancaster with sexually molesting 13 young boys, including five current or former soccer players he coached.

Renior Vincent Valenti, 50, was originally charged with molesting five boys but a subsequent investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Special Victims Unit identified several other alleged victims.

Valenti's bail was raised from $1 million to $2.25 million Thursday, said Jon Hatami, a deputy district attorney prosecuting the case. Valenti entered a not guilty plea.

An AYSO coach for 15 years, Valenti was first charged Aug. 8 with two felony counts of continuous sexual abuse and three misdemeanor counts of child molestation involving five boys, Hatami said.

Valenti allegedly molested his victims from 1994 until this month, prosecutors say. The Lancaster resident is charged with five felony counts of continuous sexual abuse and eight misdemeanor counts of child molestation.

 The 13 boys were ages 5 to 15 when the alleged molestations occurred. If convicted of all the charges, he could face up to 83 years to life in prison.

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