Donald Vincent
Donald Vincent

A Torrance resident who has coached ice skating at rinks throughout Southern California was charged Monday with molesting a teenage boy, sheriff's deputies said.

Donald Vincent, 29, was arrested at his home Friday by detectives from the Sheriff's Department's Special Victims Unit, sheriff's Lt. Carlos Marquez said.

Vincent has coached youth ice skaters for seven years at rinks in Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange counties.

The rinks were identified as Skating Edge Ice Arena in Harbor City, the East/West Ice Palace in Artesia, Glacial Gardens in Lakewood, Norwalk Ice in Norwalk, Paramount Iceland in Paramount, Anaheim Ice in Anaheim and Ice Town Riverside in Riverside.

Sheriff's deputies began investigating last month when the victim, now 17, told a friend at a youth camp what had happened to him. That friend told another person who encouraged the victim to come forward, Marquez said.

"The victim told sheriff's investigators that he was repeatedly molested by his skating coach at the coach's Hacienda Heights home when he was between the ages of 12 to 15," Marquez said.

Vincent was arrested on suspicion of felony child molestation charges. He was held in county jail on $1 million bail.

Prosecutors on Monday charged Vincent with one count of continuous lewd acts with a minor and two counts of lewd acts with a minor 14 or 15 years old.


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Detectives suspect there might be more victims and asked anyone with information about Vincent to contact them at 877-710-5273 or specialvictims@lasd.org.

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