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In two secretly recorded conversations just before his arrest, a Seal Beach sports camp owner admitted to molesting a teenage boy years earlier, according to a court filing by police.

Scott Durzo, 49, faces 18 felony counts including sodomy and committing lewd acts on a child. He pleaded not guilty during a court hearing Friday.

The accuser, now 21, told police he met Durzo through a sports camp.

The day before and the day of his arrest, Durzo had two conversations with the accuser, according to a sworn declaration by Seal Beach police Detective Chris Hendrix that is contained in the court file.

The man made a recorded call to Durzo on May 6 and wore a wire for an in-person meeting the next day, Hendrix wrote. In those conversations, Durzo admitted to touching him sexually and engaging in oral sex with him, according to the court filing.

After his May 7 arrest, Hendrix wrote, Durzo spoke to police - also on tape - and "admitted culpability to some of the alleged crimes including the sexual assault of a child."

Durzo's lawyer couldn't be reached for comment.

The arrest shocked many people in Seal Beach, where Durzo has been well-known for decades. He owns Seal Beach-based Scott Durzo's Total Sport Camp, which is more than 30 years old.

Durzo also has worked as a part-time basketball and tennis coach for Los Alamitos schools and has been active in community events. His long experience with youth sports led police and prosecutors to say there could be more victims.

Deputy District Attorney Bobby Taghavi said Monday that the case is still being investigated.

Durzo is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail and is next due in court July 11. No trial date has been set.

Prosecutors say the abuse happened sometime between 2005 and 2009, when the accuser was 13 to 16 years old.

The man first made the accusations when he went to Seal Beach police in late April or early May.

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June 11, 2014

 

 
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