Second victim comes forward - new sex charges for Fayetteville coach

Friday, May 6, 2016
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Fayetteville police have filed more charges against basketball coach Rodney Scott

FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) -- The Fayetteville Police Department has filed more charges against basketball coach Rodney Scott after a second victim alleging sexual assault has come forward.

Now facing two more counts, a judge increased Scott's $100,000 bond to $140,000. Lt. John Somerindyke said he believes these new charges should have been worth more.

"This $40,000 bond, in my 24 years at the Fayetteville Police Department, is one of the ridiculously lowest bonds for the severity of the offense I've ever seen," Somerindyke said. "I've seen higher bonds for guys who break into cars."

Detectives have been inundated with phone calls after the arrest of the former assistant basketball coach at Pine Forest High School earlier this week.

POLICE HOTLINE: (910) 433-1163

Monday, Scott was charged with two counts of statutory rape of a boy younger than 15. He now faces two more counts, which stem from incidents that allegedly occurred between June and August 2006. The male victim was 15 years old at the time.

Scott remains in the Cumberland County jail.

The Fayetteville Police Department has assigned extra manpower to the case because of the volume of calls. Some of the alleged cases go back 20 years and the victims are male and female.

With all of these phone calls piling up, Somerindyke reminds the community how important it is to pay attention to any change in a child.

"If you think something is wrong with a child, if you think something bad has happened to a child, you have to say something to somebody," Somerindyke said.

Cumberland County Schools said the Monday 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 who believes they have been a victim, or anyone who knows someone they believe has been the victim of a sexual assault, or any crime, involving Rodney Scott is asked to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-1163. This dedicated phone line will be staffed Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Callers may leave a voicemail message with their name and phone number after hours for follow up during the next business day.

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