FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Fayetteville police said they have been bombarded with calls since a former volunteer school coach and current AAU basketball coach was charged with sex crimes with children.
Lt. John Somerindyke said calls have been pouring in regarding sexual assault accusations against Rodney Scott, who still leads an AAU basketball team in Fayetteville.
“It’s too many to count, investigative detective bombarded with calls on his cell phone and it’s continuing today,” said Lt. Somerindyke.
Some of the accusations date back as many as 20 years involving both male and female victims. Four detectives have been assigned to work solely on this case.
Fayetteville police have set up a line dedicated solely to calls related to Scott. The number, (910) 433-1163, will be staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Callers may leave a voicemail message with their name and phone number after hours for follow up during the next business day.
On Monday, police said Scott, 50, of Fayetteville was charged with two counts of statutory sex offense with a child.
Scott is known throughout Fayetteville as “Coach Scott” after mentoring and training hundreds of youth over two decades.
Police say Scott was also a foster parent to various children that lived in his home.
Authorities said they were alerted to the incident after being called to the hospital where the 14-year-old boy victim was being treated on Sunday. Police said the boy was assaulted at Scott’s home.
Police say the child’s mother acted promptly after seeing her son after the visit to Scott’s home.
“She knew the second he walked in that door, just based off his actions, what he was saying, what he would say, she knew something was wrong, she pressed him until she found out what happened, she did what an good mother would do, be engaged with their child,” Lt. Somerindyke said.
Scott has a history with Cumberland County Schools, having worked or volunteered “on and off” in various positions for nearly 19 years, school officials said.
Scott was most recently a volunteer coach at Pine Forest High School until January 2016, according to Associate Superintendent of Human Resources Ruben Reyes with Cumberland County Schools.
Fayetteville police anticipate more charges against Scott.
Scott remains in custody under $100,000 bond.
The FPD has established a dedicated phone line for anyone who has criminal misconduct information involving Rodney Scott. 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.
Citizens who wish to speak to someone, but do not wish to leave a voicemail message after hours on the dedicated line, may call the FPD Tele-Serve Unit at (910) 433-1529 or (910) 433-1530 and provide their name and contact information to the on duty Tele-Serve Clerk.