Former assistant basketball coach in Fayetteville charged with statutory rape

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Rodney Scott appeared in court Monday

Rodney Scott, a former assistant basketball coach at Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville, is charged with two counts of statutory rape of a boy younger than 15.

Bond for the 50-year-old was set at $100,000.

At his first court appearance Monday, Scott asked for his bond to be lowered but the judge denied, citing the seriousness of the charges.

Fayetteville police detectives with the Youth Services Unit arrested Scott Monday after getting a report of a sexual assault. Police were called to the hospital by doctors who examined the victim Sunday night. Scott and the alleged victim were known to each other.

Police say the alleged assault happened at Scott's home and fear there are other victims.

Cumberland County Schools said the arrest did not involve Scott's work with the district.

He was employed with the district from 1997 to 2010 as a substitute teacher and teaching assistant. Then he worked as a Safe Schools Coordinator at Pine Forest from 2011 to 2013. He served as a volunteer coach until this past January.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective D. Riggott with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 723-2878 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type "4Tip" followed by your message).

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