The owner of a popular youth sports camp in Seal Beach, California, found himself in jail last week after he was arrested for sexually abusing a minor almost a decade ago.
A former camper with Scott Durzo’s Total Sport Camp came forward to the police claiming that Durzo had committed lewd acts against him when he was a minor. Although police will not reveal the age of the male youth at the time of the alleged crimes, it is know that the boy was under 14 years of age.
Scott Durzo, 49, well-known in the small California community, was booked in the Central Men’s jail in Santa Ana without bond following his arrest. For more than 30 years, Durzo ran his sports camp which coached hundreds of children in various sports and activities. Police fear, due to the nature of Durzo’s job and close interactions with children, that there may be more victims.
Many of Durzo’s summer camps, including the Total Sport Camp Program, were run on the McGaugh Elementary school campus. The school and the city of Seal Beach have cut Durzo’s programs in an attempt to distance themselves from Durzo. The school is working with parents to provide an alternate form of after school care for students.
In addition to his program at McGaugh Elementary, Durzo also spent two years coaching part time for the Los Alamitos Unified School District. Durzo coached basketball at Los Alamitos High School for all levels including varsity and JV teams where he worked with freshman and sophomores. During his time with the district, Durzo also served as the Campus supervisor at the high school.
Last week, officials at McGaugh Elementary took the time to discuss with students the boundaries of appropriate and inappropriate behavior. Counselors were on hand to talk with students if needed.
The accusations against Durzo have come as a shock to the Seal Beach community who noted Durzo’s heavy involvement in community affairs. “He was a very active and positive member in the community in a number of ways,” said Scott Newton, advisor for the youth branch of the Seal Beach Lions Club. Durzo was an active volunteer work in events such as the Christmas Parade and Run Seal Beach. Mike Moorewood, who coached the Los Alamitos high school tennis team with Durzo, has expressed his dismay over his one-time colleague’s arrest. “I have never seen anything to give me the impression that he would be involved in something like that,” Moorewood said.
Police say that there have been mixed feelings about Durzo following his arrest, noting that some members of the community have called to defend the longtime coach while others have applauded the efforts of police for investigating the allegations. Authorities are still looking for any information from the public that could help them with their case, urging people to call in any tips they might have.
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