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Youth Soccer Coach Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Boy

Dennis Loveland Dennis Loveland

By Minna Sugimoto

WAHIAWA (KHNL) -- The case is disturbing. A seven-year-old boy is diagnosed with a sexually-transmitted disease. Now, his soccer coach is under arrest.

The suspect is with the Soccer Association for Youth. According to his website, it's a developmental, fun league with no scores or standings. Police are now investigating whether the coach crossed the line.

A home usually filled with children is eerily quiet.

"He's always got, you know, kids, his grandkids as well as others around," Dennis Loveland, suspect's neighbor, said.

A 65-year-old youth soccer coach lives in the house on Holua Way. He's a coach now accused of sexually assaulting one of his players.

Loveland has been his neighbor for more than 20 years.

"That's very surprising to me, you know, knowing him, the way he was trying to help the kids," he said. "He's out playing with them, you know, soccer, teaching them soccer."

Officers went to a park on California Avenue and arrested the coach Thursday afternoon.

Police say the victim was diagnosed with a venereal disease during a routine physical examination. When questioned about it, the boy said his coach sexually assaulted him.

"It was very surprising. I've never heard him yell at any of the kids," Loveland said. "He brings them over after the games, you know, some of them, then takes them home."

Neighbors say the accused also serves as a foster parent.

"The kids that even come by, they'd say, 'Hi, how are you?' And, you know, the kids were even friendly," Loveland said. "A real friendly family to me."

Loveland says he saw the suspect at the house the day before his arrest.

"He was sorting out soccer uniforms it looked like to me, standing in front of his garage."

The suspect is being held at the main police cellblock. He hasn't been charged.

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