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Girls Soccer Coach Arrested for Sexual Abuse Involving 12-Year Old

The alleged victim in this case was an unrelated 12-year old player on a club team coached by the suspect.

Sex Abuse suspect Joseph Christopher Leonetti
Sex Abuse suspect Joseph Christopher LeonettiJoseph Christopher Leonetti

(OREGON CITY) - 43 year old Joseph Christopher Leonetti, a local club soccer coach in the Oregon City area, was arrested today on five counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.

A news release from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, relates Leonetti having a lengthy history of coaching girls soccer, including coaching the West Linn High School Girls' soccer team from 1997-2006.

Detectives with the CCSO Child Abuse Team and the Oregon City Police Department arrested Leonetti, a resident of Oregon City, at his home today. He was taken to the Clackamas County Jail.

The alleged victim in this case was an unrelated 12-year old player on a club team coached by Leonetti.

Investigators say are not ruling out the possibility of other non-related victims.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office press release states that they are very concerned that there are other victims out there and are asking for the public's assistance.

The alleged crimes occurred as recent as fall/winter of 2012. If you or someone you know has any information about suspicious or questionable activity involving Leonetti, please call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and tell them what you know.

Salem-News.com reminds our readers that this story is about an arrest, not a conviction. In the past similar cases have resulted in charges being dropped, and/or the suspect being found not guilty. This type of case devastates a person's reputation and affects their family members, we are not insensitive to that.

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