Seal Beach coach pleads guilty to sexually assaulting teen boy

A 54-year-old man pleaded guilty on Friday to sexually assaulting a teenage boy in one of the sports camps the defendant ran in Seal Beach.

Scott Durzo. Courtesy of the Seal Beach Police Department.

Scott Anthony Durzo, owner of Scott Durzo’s Total Sport Camp, pleaded guilty to nine counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor younger than 14, seven counts of lewd acts on a child age 14 or 15, and one count of sodomy of a person younger than 16, all felonies. In exchange for his plea, two counts of lewd acts on a child age 14 or 15 were dropped, along with one count of exhibiting lewd material to a minor.

Durzo was also the after-school sports director at Westerly School of Long Beach during the 2008 to 2009 school year, where a lawsuit stated Durzo abused the victim. The lawsuit was settled in June this year, awarding the victim $25.5 million.

Durzo accepted a plea deal from Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Whitney Bokosky. He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 28 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana and is expected to get three years in prison, Bokosky said.

Durzo sexually assaulted the victim, starting when the boy was 13 in the summer of 2005 and continuing through 2009, Deputy District Attorney Bobby Taghavi said when the charges were filed in 2014.

The victim came forward that year to report the defendant, who met the boy when he took part in one of the defendant’s sports camps, the prosecutor said.

Westerly School of Long Beach and Camp Owner Named in Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

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