AYSO Coach Charged with Child Molestation

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AYSO Coach Charged with Child Molestation

A boys’ soccer coach in Lancaster was accused last month of molesting several boys he had worked with. Renior Vincent Valenti was formally charged by Los Angeles County prosecutors with molesting 13 boys, including five former or current male players that he had worked with as a coach for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). According to reports, the abuse occurred as early as 1994 with one victim and continued for the next 10 years. Valenti is said to have molested other boys as recently as the month before his arrest. Valenti had been arrested in July after a mother came to local authorities claiming that Valenti had molested her 9-year-old son. Initially, Valenti was charged with crimes relating to five boys, including two felony counts of continuous sexual abuse and three misdemeanor counts of child molestation on August 8, to which he pleaded not guilty. As investigators for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit continued to dig deeper into the case, however, several more alleged victims were found, especially after the department appealed to the public for any more victims to come forward. The boys allegedly abused by Valenti range in age from five years old to 15. Valenti is now facing five felony counts of continuous child abuse and eight misdemeanor counts of child molestation. If Valenti is convicted on all counts, he is facing a minimum sentence of 83 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison. Valenti, who is now 50 years old, has been coaching soccer for AYSO for 15 years.

At a hearing last Thursday, a Los Angeles County judge raised Valenti’s bail from $1 million to $2.25 million.

Being accused of child molestation can have serious consequences on a person’s future. While the allegations in themselves can be very damaging to a person’s reputation, the legal ramifications of a conviction can put you in prison for a very, very long time. In most cases of child molestation, rather than assessing a single punishment for several counts of criminal activity, each charge is considered separately and given its own punishments. Being convicted of multiple crimes means that the jail time simply adds up; Valenti’s case is a perfect example of this as he is facing over 80 years in prison for his alleged numerous crimes.

A good lawyer, however, knows that there are several ways to deal with this. Many charges can be reduced or dismissed due to lack of evidence, or improperly collected evidence against a defendant.

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