In a FOX 11 Investigates report, we hear more shocking allegations of sexual abuse against a highly-respected basketball coach with a reputation for rescuing troubled kids, taking them under his wing, and turning those young boys into great athletes.
Back in April, we first told you about Coach Tony Wong, the long-time coach at a Chinese community center and the subject of an on-going LAPD investigation into claims he sexually molested teen boys on his basketball team. Wong ran the Alpine Striders basketball program in Los Angeles for nearly 30 years.
He is now on unpaid leave as the police investigation continues. Since our first report, more alleged victims have come forward to tell their stories to FOX 11 News. These men, who asked us to protect their identities, claim that coach Wong sexually abused them while they were teenagers playing for the team. The alleged victims claim Wong would isolate his favorite players, force them to take their clothes off, take nude photos, and then sexually assault them. In all, nine men claim to be victims of Wong.
Those men, some now in their 40s, say they were confused and disturbed by what happened to them, and they kept quiet about the alleged abuse because they feared that no one would believe that a beloved coach in the community would take advantage of the teen boys. Six months have passed and the LAPD has not filed charges. Detective say that this is still an open investigation. The alleged victims say they are frustrated by the delay. We tried to speak to Coach Wong about the allegations and he declined to discuss them with our producer.