LOS ANGELES – A Chinatown basketball coach was charged with the sexual molestation of one of his players, officials said. The 61-year-old coach, Tony Wong from San Gabriel was charged with 12 felony counts of lewd acts on a child who was 14-15 years old. The sexual molestation was continuous from January to August 2004.
According to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials, Wong began grooming the boy when he was 14 years old. Wong encouraged the boy to play on his Alpine Recreation Center team, the Alpine Striders. He began molesting the boy at both the center and in hotel rooms when the team traveled.
Authorities say that there are other victims, some of whom have not yet come forward. Wong was arrested on Wednesday but released on a $240,000 bond the same day. He is scheduled to be arraigned on August 17th at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles. Wong faces 10 years and eight months in prison if he is convicted as charged.
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