SEAL BEACH (CBSLA.com) — The 49-year-old owner of a popular sports camp was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of committing several lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 in 2006.
Scott Durzo, the owner of Scott Durzo’s Total Sport Camp, is being held on bail and is expected to be charged within 48 hours, according to Seal Beach police Sgt. Philip Gonshak.
Durzo’s camp, which was run out of McGaugh Elementary School, offers early and after-school programs/camps for children in Seal Beach, Surfside, Rossmoor, Los Alamitos, Los Altos, Long Beach, Cypress, and Huntington Beach.
“The victim was, in fact, a student with Mr. Durzo’s Total Sport Camp here in Seal Beach,” Gonshak said.
Gonshak told KCAL9’s Serene Branson that the now-adult male victim recently came forward.
Durzo, who has been running the camp since 1983, was also a basketball coach at Los Alamitos High School from 2000 to 2012.
In addition, he’s known as an amateur photographer for the city.
“We’re looking at just about over 30 years of experience with these kinds of children. That’s obviously our number one concern,” Gonshak said.
A woman who answered the door at Durzo’s Seal Beach apartment only said there’s another side to the allegations.
“They’re wild, but, you know, I’m sure the truth will come out,” the friend said.
Neighbors told Branson off-camera that their kids have been to his camps and they’ve never had problems.
Police are asking for parents to talk to their children.
“Although it’s a sensitive topic, we urge our parents in the community to do so,” Gonshak said.
Any other possible victims were asked to call Det. Mary Martinez at (562) 799-4100, ext. 1110 or email email@example.com.
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