L.A. NOW

Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

AYSO coach accused of molesting boy; police seek more victims

August 17, 2012 |  8:21 am

Authorities are looking for other potential victims in connection with the case of a longtime Antelope Valley soccer coach accused of molesting at least three underage boys.

Authorities began investigating Renoir Valenti, 50, last month after the mother of a 9-year-old boy reported that her son had been molested, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The boy was not one of Valenti's players, but detectives said they later identified two players under the age of 15 who had also allegedly been abused by Valenti.

He was arrested Aug. 6 at his Lancaster home, authorities said, and charged two days later with felony continuous sexual abuse of a child and annoying or molesting a child. He remains in jail and is due in court Monday.

Valenti coached in the American Youth Soccer Organization for more than 16 years, and authorities said they believe that he "used his position as a soccer coach as a method to meet and befriend children."

Investigators ask anyone with information about other potential victims to call Sgt. Brian Hudson at (877) 710-5273.

ALSO:

AYSO coach accused of molesting boy; police seek more victims

Robber invades $10.9 million Hollywood Hills mansion, takes jewels

Driving Mars rover Curiosity will be stressful, isolating [Video discussion]

-- Kate Mather

Comments 

Advertisement










Video