Soccer coach in Oregon City accused of child sex abuse

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by Evan Sernoffsky, kgw.com staff

KREM.com

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 12:55 PM

OREGON CITY, Ore. – A club soccer coach was arrested in his Oregon City home Wednesday on five counts of sexual abusing a 12-year-old, deputies said.

Joseph Leonetti, 43, was arrested by detectives with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Child Abuse Team and was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail, said Deputy Mark Nikolai.

Leonetti has a lengthy history of coaching girls soccer, including coaching the West Linn High School Girls’ soccer team from 1997 to 2006, Nikolai said.

The victim was on a club team coached by Leonetti, Nikolai said.

Leonetti played soccer at the University of Portland were he was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2001. In 1996, he was drafted by the LA Galaxy 94th overall in the 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft.

Leonetti also appeared as a soccer analyst on KPTV during Portland Timbers games.

Leonetti's bail was set at $1.25 million. He will be arraigned Thursday in Clackamas County at 3 p.m.

The crimes reportedly happened in fall and winter of 2012. Detectives are not ruling out the possibility of other victims and are asking anyone with additional information to call the sheriff’s office at 503-723-4949.

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