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Police: More people accuse former Fayetteville coach of abuse

Posted May 3, 2016
Updated May 5, 2016

— More people have come forward to accuse a former assistant basketball coach at Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville of sexual abuse, police said Tuesday.

Rodney Scott, 50, of the 2300 block of Vestal Avenue, was charged Monday with two counts of statutory sex offense with a child in connection with an alleged assault Sunday of a 14-year-old boy at Scott's home.

Police said they are investigating dozens of new allegations of abuse, some of which date to the 1990s. No new charges have been filed.

"It's going to be a while. We're getting a lot of calls, and we're going to follow up on all of them," lead investigator Lt. John Somerindyke said.

Scott volunteered as a boys’ varsity basketball assistant coach at Pine Forest High from 2013 until this past January, according to Cumberland County Schools officials. He also 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.

According to Scott's mother, he has also been a foster parent for several young boys and a coach of a boys’ basketball team that plays in a Christian basketball league.

Somerindyke said police have been in contact with the company that provided foster children to Scott.

Fayetteville police have set up a dedicated phone line to encourage other possible victims to come forward. Anyone who believes he or she is a victim or anyone who knows someone they believe has been the victim of a sexual assault or other crime involving Scott is asked to call 910-433-1163.

People who don't want to leave a message on the dedicated line after business hours can call 910-433-1529 or 910-433-1530, and someone with the police department's Youth Services Unit with follow up. Or people can call Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.

"If you think something has happened to any child, if you think something bad has happened to any child, you need to tell somebody," Somerindyke said.

Scott remains in the Cumberland County jail under a $100,000 secured bond.


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