LANCASTER – Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau are investigating allegations of sexual abuse by a youth soccer coach in the Antelope Valley area.
Renoir Valenti, a 50-year-old White male, has been an American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) soccer coach and referee for more than 16 years in the Antelope Valley. He coached teams that included 9-14 year old boys.
Valenti became the subject of an investigation in July 2012 when the mother of a 9-year-old boy reported that her son had been molested. This incident was not related to Valenti being a soccer coach.
Over the course of the investigation, detectives identified two additional boys under the age of 15, who were soccer players, who had also allegedly been molested by the Valenti.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators believe Valenti used his position as a soccer coach as a method to meet and befriend children.
Valenti was arrested by Sheriff’s detectives, on Monday, August 6, 2012, at his residence in the 42900 block of 59th Street West in Lancaster.
Two days later, Valenti was charged with two counts of felony continuous sexual abuse of a Child and two counts of annoying or molesting a child.
Valenti remains jailed on $1 million bail. His next court date is Monday, August 20, 2012 at the Antelope Valley Courthouse.
Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying possible victims and/or witnesses.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Brian Hudson of the Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273 or SpecialVictims@lasd.org
If you wish to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
(Information via press report from the Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau.)