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Glendale tennis coach accused of molesting 15-year-old student

October 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A tennis coach based in Glendale was arrested, accused of molesting one of his female students.

Glendale police arrested 46-year-old Dale Kim on Tuesday. Authorities say he molested a 15-year-old Los Angeles girl. Kim had coached the victim for several years, and the alleged abuse began last year.

Investigators say much of the reported abuse happened after practice at the Scholl Canyon Tennis Center's parking lot. Kim is not affiliated with the tennis center - he just rented courts there, as well as other similar facilities, according to Glendale police.

Police say Kim also met with the teen at a motel in the Tujunga area. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has filed 10 counts of lewd acts on a child, seven counts of copulation with a minor and four counts of rape of a minor. Kim pleaded not guilty to all charges. His bail was set at $875,000.

Glendale police are trying to track down others who many have been victimized by Kim.

"He's been a coach for well over a decade, a tennis coach. And he teaches high school-aged teenagers, many females. We do believe he's had contact with several females. The question is, has he committed the same act upon others? Those have not come forward, whether through intimidation, embarrassment or whatever the case," said Sgt. Tom Lorenz with Glendale police.

According to court records and Glendale police, Kim was arrested in 1997 for misdemeanor sexual battery involving another underage female student of his. He was found not guilty of that charged in 1998.

If you have any information that can help investigators, you're urged to contact Glendale Crime Stoppers at (818) 507-7867.


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