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Orange County Register (California)
BY SEAN EMERY,, STEVE FRYER and KENDRA ABLAZA

The owner of an Orange County sports camp has been arrested in connection with police allegations that he committed lewd acts on a juvenile eight years ago.

Scott Durzo - a Seal Beach resident, owner of Scott Durzo's Total Sport Camp and a former basketball coach at Los Alamitos High School - was arrested on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, Seal Beach police Sgt. Phil Gonshak said Wednesday.

Police say Durzo, 49, is well-known in the community, with his camp offering year-round sports programs for children in Seal Beach, Surfside, Rossmoor, Los Alamitos, Los Altos, Long Beach, Cypress and Huntington Beach.

A possible victim contacted investigators, claiming that "lewd and lascivious" acts occurred about eight years ago, Gonshak said. Citing the active investigation, Gonshak declined to specify the gender of the person who came forward or to comment on where the acts are said to have taken place.

Investigators believe that Durzo met the victim when they were taking part in one of Durzo's sports camps. The investigation into the charges began several weeks ago.

Durzo was taken into custody on Wednesday morning. He was initially booked into the Seal Beach city jail before being transferred to Orange County Jail.

The camp has been a fixture in Seal Beach for more than 30 years, offering children a variety of athletic programs.

The camp's summer session was slated to begin on June 17 at the McGaugh Elementary School campus, including the school's gym, classrooms and fields. Photos on the camp's website also show children taking part in a "surf camp" and other beach activities.

The website also lists an after-school program for first- through fifth-graders tied to the Los Alamitos Unified School District calendar year. The camp offers "homework assistance, after school activities and sports" with an emphasis on "learning and good sportsmanship," according to the website.

Given Durzo's "immense amount of access" to children through his sports work, Gonshak said, investigators are asking the public's assistance in identifying anyone who "may have fallen victim to similar crimes."

Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact Seal Beach police Detective Mary Martinez at 562-799-4100, ext. 1110, or by email at mmartinez@sealbeachca.gov

May 9, 2014

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