[UPDATED with Charges, Second Victim:] Anthony Serrano, OC Youth Boxing Legend, Accused of Sexually Molesting Boxers

See update at the end of this post on the charges against Anthony Serrano, who is now accused of having preyed upon two boys.
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ORIGINAL POST, JULY 16, 5:18 A.M.: Anthony Serrano is a legend in local sports as head of the Santa Ana Boxing Club, a ramshackle gym off Fourth Street that has saved many a young man and woman from the gang life over the past 30 years, the last 10 under Serrano's watch.

But in a shocking development late Sunday night, sources tell the Weekly that police arrested Serrano on charges that he sexually abused one of his boxers.

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Serrano, with teens; sources say the girl in pink is a minor who was drinking beer in that cup

Serrano was arrested under California Penal Code 288, lewd and lascivious on a child under 14. He is being held on $100,000 bail at Central Jail. No charges have been filed yet by the Orange County District Attorney's office.

The OC media had long praised Serrano's life as one of personal redemption. A self-admitted former criminal and drug addict, the Anaheim native took over the Santa Ana Boxing Club about a decade ago and refurbished it into a place that had a couple of up-and-coming talents--and now, this.

More, much more, as the story unfolds...

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UPDATE, JULY 17, 1:06 P.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) announced that at Anthony Serrano's arraignment scheduled later today that he will be charged with four felony counts of lewd acts on a child for the alleged molestations of two boys under 14.

The Santa Ana Boxing Club coach faces a maximum sentence of five years in state prison if convicted, according to the OCDA, which is to ask that bail be set at $200,000. Conviction would also include mandatory sex offender registration that would bar Serrano from County of Orange and local city parks that have been deemed child safety zones.

Serrano allegedly met both boys at the club, but when the first youth came forward it was determined there was not enough evidence to support charges, the OCDA explained. The accusations of the second boy prompted the reopening of the first case, prosecutors added.

More evidence is being collected, including the possibility of there being other victims. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at 714.347.8794 or Santa Anoa Police Corporal Robert Valdez a 714.245.8364.

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26 comments
mexifukinfornia
mexifukinfornia

Dude what is up with the beaners coming up here and molesting a bunch of kids? Isnt it enough that they've created a pathway of loopholes to evade our financial system? A painter in newport said all his workers are now all getting divorces and still living with their wives, in order to collect more money each month.

baylordancer45
baylordancer45

OC WEEKLY, THANKS FOR ALLOWING ME TO SHARE.... IF YOU REALLY DO YOUR HOMEWORK ON THIS CREEP, HE WORKS AT A METHADONE CLINIC IN FULLERTON CA CALLED WESTERN PACIFIC... THE MEDIA OR LAW ENFORCEMENT SHOULD CHECK THE SECURITY CAMERAS, BECAUSE IF I'M CORRECT ANTHONY HAD THAT BOY WORKING IN THAT OFFICE WITH HIM WELL CHRIS O'TOOLE THE BOSS OF WESTERN PACIFIC ALLOWS THIS TYPE OF NEGATIVITY ALSO CHRIS AN EX GANG MEMBER WHO RUNS THAT CLINIC SHOULD ALSO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND EVERYONE WHO WORKS THEIR BECAUSE THEY ALLOWED IT THEIR AND DID NOT MENTION IT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT..  THAT'S HOT OFF THE STREET PRESS... INVESTIGATE MORE FURTHER AND CHECK THE SECURITY CAMERAS AND INTERVIEW THE PATIENTS I'M PRETTY SURE THEY SEEN THAT BOY THEIR AND THE WORKERS WERE EITHER IN ON THE MOLESTATION OR NEW ABOUT IT AND DID NOTHING ...

cpmondello
cpmondello

5 yrs maximum for raping children.....wow, many catholic write that law?

Jenny
Jenny

 Hi everyone! I personally know Anthony and he is a kind person. Soooo kind that he helped this kid's mother (Susan) who is a drug addict and has accused him of sexual abuse for a year now but never went to the police (because it is not true) nor did she get her son out of the Santa Ana boxing club. By the way Susan has claimed that the the OC Youth Commission ignored her, but the commission did suspended Anthony and investigated the matter only to find out that they were false allegations on her behalf. When Anthony returned as coach he did not accept the teen back because of to the false allegations this psychotic woman had spread out. So, the teen ended up at another boxing club and explained that his mother was disabled and he could not do much about their situation. The new boxing club members helped him out only to find out that this woman was not as "disabled" as the teen had claimed. So, I understand all your frustation people, but remember the media ALWAYS has an agenda, thus a bias... so ALWAYS be weary of what you read and DON'T ALWAYS believe what you read or hear.

Unknown
Unknown

I know for a fact Tony Didint molest the kids. I can't believe that that kid and I wont say any names turned his back on his coach, mentor, friend. I can't even find a word to describe it. He had his back in the toughest of moments and he repays him with this!!! Man that really upsets me. Let the man free!!!!!

BetaRayBill
BetaRayBill

Why, Have you been accused of sexual abuse?  Relax Paul, we are just poking fun, besides, he was accused before by another kid already, which means something up.

Paul Wallin
Paul Wallin

When someone is accused of sexual abuse, it is common for everyone to rush to judgment. Instead of presuming him innocent (as our law requires), they immediately believe Anthony Serrano is guilty. In this case there are allegations that the alleged victim’s mother had a motive to make up these accusations against Serrano. We will not know the truth until a jury decides if in fact he is guilty or not guilty. Our system works if the public will allow it to work and reserve judgment.  If the accused is found guilty, the court system will punish him severely and he will have to register as a sex offender. If it turns out he his not guilty his life will still be severely destroyed due to the adverse publicity associated with a wrongful accusation of sexual abuse.  At the law firm of Wallin & Klarich, our criminal defense attorneys count with over 30 years of experience defending clients that are wrongfully accused of sex crimes – such as sexual assault and child molestation – throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties. Paul J. Wallin Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation, Senior Partner www.wklaw.com

Joseph
Joseph

All he wanted was the belt and the purse.....

Joseph
Joseph

Stay tuned to site for all the blow-by-blow updates

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

WOW!  That's really hitting below the belt.

Dave
Dave

You just made the list pal.

Lou Luna
Lou Luna

Looks like 60 than 45, I'm 46 and can pass for his son

Shadyarce
Shadyarce

Her drinking alcohol and being a minor houldnt be held against him. He's not her parent. She's dressed a bit trashy and her taking that drink is on HER. Where were her parents at that moment? NOT TAKING CARE OF THEIR UNDERAGE DAUGHTER THAT'S FOR SURE!

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Hey, maybe he was just showing her the ropes.

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