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May 17, 2017: Basketball Coach Pleads to Sexually Molesting Player

Greg Risling, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A 62-year-old basketball coach pleaded no contest today to sexually assaulting one of his players, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Tony Wong entered his plea to three counts of lewd acts upon a child. He is expected to be sentenced on July 5 to two years in state prison and be ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Deputy District Attorney Christine Von Helmolt of the Sex Crimes Division prosecuted the case.

Wong was a coach at the Alpine Recreation Center in Chinatown when the victim was 14 years old and invited him to play for his team. Between January and August 2004, Wong sexually molested the boy at the recreation center and in hotel rooms when the team traveled.

Case BA448448 was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.