Longtime youth basketball coach arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 10-year-old

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally
Longtime youth basketball coach Richard Dinizio — New York State Police
Longtime youth basketball coach Richard Dinizio — New York State Police

A disturbing incident has rocked a leafy New York City suburb after a longtime youth girls basketball coach was arrested and charged with sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl in 2010.

As reported by The Journal News, Cortland Manor, N.Y. resident Richard Dinizio, a 58-year-old youth basketball coach who traditionally focuses on the 12 and 13-year-old leagues, was arrested and charged with sexual assault in connection with allegations first launched by the friend of his daughter.

According to the arrest affidavit, Dinizio is accused of sexually abusing a young female when she was 10, though she was reportedly not a member of the Westchester Basketball Association youth girls basketball program, and was first introduced to the former coach by the coach's own daughter.

If convicted, Dinizio could face as many as 25 years in prison. Given the traces that authorities used to verify the relationship, including pornographic images of the victim on Dinizio’s computer and mobile devices, the now-former coach may not be interacting with children for much longer.

Equally concerning, of course, is the specter that Dinizio’s crimes could reach farther than one victim. The coach has been an active part of various youth basketball associations and schools for roughly 20 years, with authorities speculating that such a lengthy timeframe could be an indication that other victims are out there, still in hiding.

Whether they come forward or are identified or not, what Dinizio already stands accused of is both horrifying and revolting. All anyone can hope is that it never spread into any WBA contacts, or those with the other leagues and teams Dinizio was associated with.

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