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Youth soccer coach enters plea in sex abuse case

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A youth soccer coach accused of sexually abusing one of his players has pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree sex abuse.

According to court documents, Joe Leonetti touched a 12 year-old girl inappropriately between Aug. 1, 2012 and Dec. 1, 2012.

Leonetti coached the girl on one of the Eastside Timbers soccer teams, but the alleged sex abuse did not occur during soccer-related functions.

Leonetti stepped down from his coaching position after being contacted by Clackamas County detectives.

He has a lengthy history of coaching girls soccer, including coaching the West Linn High School girls soccer team from 1997 to 2006. He played soccer for the University of Portland and played at the professional level, including stints on the U.S. Men's National Team in the 1990s.

Leonetti also appeared on KPTV as a soccer analyst.

A judge lowered Leonetti's bail to $250,000, down from $1.25 million. He posted bail and was released on Thursday, June 13.

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