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105 more sex offense charges filed against former Fayetteville basketball coach

Posted March 7
Updated March 8

— More than 100 additional sex offense charges were filed Tuesday against Rodney Scott, a former basketball coach at Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville. Scott is appearing in court Wednesday afternoon.

Scott, 50, of the 2300 block of Vestal Avenue, was originally charged in May with a sex offense with a child in connection with an alleged assault of a 14-year-old boy at Scott's home.

The latest victim to come forward is the eighth to allege sexual abuse by Scott, and his allegations led to 105 new charges.

Scott has been a foster parent, has volunteered as a boys’ varsity basketball assistant coach at Pine Forest High, has coached a boys’ basketball team that plays in a Christian basketball league from 2013 until this past January and has worked as a safe schools coordinator at Pine Forest High from August 2011 to June 2013 and as a substitute teacher from 1997 to 2010.

“That was the part of the ruse he used. He lured them in with this dream of playing basketball at a higher level. That was an additional game he played with them with the basketball in additional of living with them with the basketball,” said police investigator John Somerindyke.

Somerindyke said investigators are in touch with at least two other potential victims who have not decided to press charges.

“He was hiding in plain sight. He had the entire community, including the Fayetteville Police Department fooled.”

Scott received an additional bond of $2,675,000 for the latest charges, bringing his total bond to $21,350,000. He is being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Fayetteville police encourage anybody who believes they have been victimized by Scott to come forward. Anybody with information is asked to call Fayetteville police at 910-723-2827.


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  • Janet Ghumri Mar 8, 2017
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    He should be popular with the prison population.

  • Judy Loftin Mar 8, 2017
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    Another Sanduskey

  • Tom Harris Mar 8, 2017
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    Wow! When did he have time to coach?