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Investigator: Former Fayetteville coach lured victims with 'dream of playing basketball'

Posted March 8

— The latest victim to come forward is the eighth to allege sexual abuse by former Pine Forest High School basketball coach Rodney Scott, and his allegations led to 105 new charges. Wednesday afternoon, Scott stood stood quietly as District Court Judge Tal Baggett read the new charges.

Lt. John Somerindyke said victim number eight's allegations are very similar to those from seven previous victims.

Investigators said the alleged rapes and assaults took place in Scott's Fayetteville home during a two-month period in 2012.

Scott has been a foster parent, has volunteered as a boys’ varsity basketball assistant coach at Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville, coached a boys’ basketball team that played in a Christian basketball league from 2013 until this past January. He 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 addition to living with them with the basketball,” Somerindyke said.

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.

Police believe there are more victims and encourages them to contact police, even if they're not ready to bring charges against Scott.

"We respect that decision that decision, whether they want to come forward or not or when they choose to come forward," he said. "But again, even just talking to us at least about what Mr. Scott did to you could help us get justice for these other children he raped."

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