LANCASTER – Three law enforcement officers took the stand Thursday in day three of the preliminary hearing for a longtime Antelope Valley soccer coach accused of molesting more than a dozen under aged boys.
Their testimony included allegations that 50-year-old Renoir Valenti molested his 10-year-old son in 2003, posed as a young boy on facebook and twitter to meet other young boys, and stored numerous pictures of young boys on his computer, in his cell phone and in his bathroom.
Valenti has pleaded not guilty to several felony counts of continuous sexual abuse and child molesting involving 13 boys, who were between 5 and 15 when the alleged molestations occurred between 1994 and 2012. Read more here.
In 2003, Valenti’s then 10-year-old son reported his father for molesting him, Sheriff’s Sergeant Anna Fernandez testified Thursday.
Deputies initially responded to Valenti’s Lancaster home on a child abuse call, but once there, Valenti’s son said his father had molested him for five years, Fernandez testified,
“He told me that his father would touch his penis,” Fernandez said. The young boy also said his father would lay in bed with him naked and hug him close to his body, Fernandez said.
She said Valenti’s son gave detectives the names of three other boys that Valenti was allegedly molesting at the time. All three boys are listed in the current complaint against Valenti.
Asked why she did not arrest Valenti in 2003, Fernandez said there was not enough evidence at the time. She said she declined to take the investigation further because Valenti’s son gave conflicting accounts of the story and there were no visible injuries or evidence of sexual molestation.
Special Victim’s Bureau Detective, Cecilia Barragan, testified that she interviewed one of boys who had been staying over at Valenti’s house on the night that Valenti was arrested (8/6/12).
The 12-year-old boy said he had met Valenti through soccer and that Valenti had been inappropriate with him on two occasions – once when Valenti grabbed him from behind, pressed his body against him and kissed him and another time when Valenti forced him on his lap, Barragan testified.
The boy also said that Valenti used social media to meet and befriend young boys.
“He would go on facebook pretending to be a boy and look at other boys,” Barragan said.
Special Victims Bureau detective, Susan Velazquez, recounted details from interviews that she conducted with several of Valenti’s alleged victims. Many of the details were similar – that Valenti would have the boys sit on his lap, rub their penis, and hug and kiss them intimately.
One of the boys said Valenti had fondled him between 100 to 200 times, Velazquez testified.
She said the boy, who now lives in Las Vegas, said Valenti would rub on his penis while masturbating himself and then ejaculate on his stomach.
Prosecutors entered into evidence a letter that Valenti had written to the boy before the boy moved out of town. In the letter, Valenti is professing his love for the boy “yesterday and forever.”
Velazquez also testified that detectives used a ruse to get Valenti to explain why evidence might show that his mouth was around his nine-year-old victim’s penis.
Detectives first claimed to have DNA evidence that revealed Valenti’s mouth was in the boy’s crotch area.
“I asked him if there was any reason why his saliva would be near [boy’s name] crotch area,” Velazquez said.
Valenti said the boy was playfully trying to fart in his face when the boy fell and his penis area landed in Valenti’s face, Velazquez testified.
She also identified the young boys in numerous pictures seized from a drawer in Valenti’s bathroom upon his arrest. Several of the pictures were of Valenti’s 13 alleged victims.
Valenti’s preliminary hearing continues Friday. At the conclusion of the hearing, a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to bring Valenti’s case to trial.