Michael Venditto, Boca Raton Cheerleading Coach, Arrested on Sexual Battery Charges
Michael Venditto, a Boca Raton cheerleading coach, was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual battery and unlawful sexual activity involving two teenage girls, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Venditto, 27, is charged with unlawful sexual activity with one of his 17-year-old cheerleaders, and also allegedly committed lewd or lascivious battery on another teen.
According to the arrest report, the first alleged incident happened after practice in Lake Park when Venditto was coaching cheerleading for the Palm Beach Lightning all-star travel team.
A real class act this shitheal. Allegedly.
The cheerleader, who is now 18, told investigators that Venditto gave her a ride to and from practice in March of 2011 in his Jeep.
On the way home from practice, Vendildo stopped at a local KFC parking lot, because he's classy. That's when he jumped into the backseat of his Jeep and asked her to join him, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
The girl refused. But Venditto allegedly grabbed the girl and sexually battered her.
Shocking that a young girl would spurn the advances of a creepy old douche in a Jeep in the parking lot of a KFC, no?
The second teen told authorities that she had been touched inappropriately by Venditto, and that the two engaged in sexual activity over a dozen times between 2009 and 2011.
That girl is now 17, which means that all this started happening when she was just 14.
Detectives believe that there could be additional victims and urged anyone who may have been a victim to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.
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