Robert Kovacik and David Gregory
Donald James Vincent, a skating coach at several Southern California rinks, is suspected of molesting at least one former student. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11pm on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013
A youth ice skating coach from Torrance has been charged in connection with molesting an underage boy and detectives were seeking possible additional victims, officials said on Monday.
Donald James Vincent, 29, who has coached at rinks across Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties, was charged with three felony counts including continuous lewd acts with a minor, and lewd acts with a minor, aged 14 or 15.
He was arrested at his Torrance home on Friday.
Vincent allegedly molested a boy while he lived in Hacienda Heights, deputies said.
Vincent has been coaching youth ice skaters for the past seven years at various ice skating rinks across Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange counties (MAP), officials said.
One of the rinks he coached at was the EastWest Ice Palace in Artesia, the location that Olympic skater Michelle Kwan’s family opened In 2005. The ice rink houses many of her skating medals and memorabilia.
The information came to light in December 2012 when the now 17-year-old victim told a friend at a youth camp, who then told another person.
They then encouraged the victim to report the abuse.
The victim told sheriff's investigators that he was repeatedly molested by his skating coach at the coach's Hacienda Heights home, when he was between the ages of 12 to 15.
Sheriff's Special Victims Bureau detectives are seeking the help of the public to identify possible additional victims, especially during the suspect’s tenure as a skating coach.
Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273 or firstname.lastname@example.org Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637).
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