Soccer Org. Must Face Sex Abuse Suit: Calif. Appeals Court

By Cara Bayles (February 24, 2017, 10:14 PM EST) -- A California Appeals Court on Wednesday ruled the U.S. Youth Soccer Association Inc. had a duty to conduct criminal background checks on its coaches, setting a precedent that such organizations could be held liable for a third party's sexual abuse of a minor.

The California Court of Appeals for the Sixth Appellate District reversed and remanded the trial court's dismissal of a negligence claim against the national sports organization, its state association and the West Valley league over soccer coach Emanuele Fabrizio's sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

"The present case ... involved criminal conduct by a member of an organization that...

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