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Coach accused of molestation may have more victims, officers say

August 16, 2012 | 12:36 pm

A longtime soccer coach in the Antelope Valley is facing charges in the molestation of three boys, and investigators suspect he may have other victims.

Renoir Valenti, 50, found two of his three alleged victims from the ranks of boys' soccer teams he coached with children ages 9 to 14, according to Sgt. Brian Hudson of the L.A. County Sheriff's Special Victims Unit.

Valenti not only coached but also refereed games for the American Youth Soccer Organization over a 16-year period.

Sheriff's sex crimes detectives began investigating Valenti in July when the mother of a 9-year-old boy reported her son had been molested. Detectives say the boy did not come into contact with Valenti through soccer.

But as the investigation developed, detectives identified two other boys under the age of 15 who as soccer players allegedly were molested by Valenti.

Hudson said detectives believe the suspect used his position as a soccer coach to meet and befriend children.

Valenti was taken into custody Aug. 6 at his home in the 42900 block of 59th Street West in Lancaster. Last week, prosecutors charged Valenti with two counts of felony continuous sexual abuse of a child and two counts of annoying or molesting a child.

He is being held in county jail in lieu of $1-million bail and is due in court Monday.

Investigators are asking anyone with witness or victim information to contact Hudson at (877) 710-5273 or SpecialVictims@lasd.org.

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