DA says Rodney Scott case could go to trial or end in plea deal in next 6 months

Rodney Scott in a photo from Fayetteville Police.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A Fayetteville basketball coach arrested in May now faces 70 sex abuse charges, according to authorities.

District Attorney Billy West says it’s possible the case against Rodney Scott will either go to trial in the next six months or Scott will accept a guilty plea.

“Hopefully we can expedite this most recent case so it won’t lead to any unnecessary delay in Superior Court,” West said.

Seven men have now come forward accusing Scott of sexual abuse, police said. The latest accuser was 16 in 2009, when he claims the abuse happened. Charges stemming from the first six accusers were recently presented to a grand jury, West said.

Scott coached basketball in Fayetteville for more than 20 years. Many of the accusers are former players of Scott’s and say the abuse occurred at Scott’s home, according to authorities.

Willie Dunbar has coached in Fayetteville for more than a decade. Dunbar says he knows Scott well because their teams often competed together.

“It has disrupted basketball in this area,” Dunbar said. “It has really put a situation to where parents are not comfortable, they want to get a little more inside of your organization.”

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