Golf Instructor Molested Teen Students: Hollywood Police

Ricardo Moreno facing lewd or lascivious molestation charges, accused of touching boys, ages 13 and 15: Police

By Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013  |  Updated 1:32 PM EDT
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A South Florida golf instructor who was arrested over the weekend for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old boy was arrested again Tuesday after detectives found a 15-year-old boy who made similar allegations, police said.

A South Florida golf instructor who was arrested over the weekend for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old boy was arrested again Tuesday after detectives found a 15-year-old boy who made similar allegations, police said.

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A South Florida golf instructor who was arrested over the weekend for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old boy was arrested again Tuesday after detectives found a 15-year-old boy who made similar allegations, police said.

Ricardo Moreno, 52, turned himself in at the Broward Sheriff's Office main jail Tuesday to face a charge of lewd or lascivious molestation, Hollywood Police said.

Moreno had been arrested Saturday on two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation after a 13-year-old boy claimed Moreno touched his genitals at the Hillcrest Golf and Country Club, police said.

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According to an arrest affidavit, Moreno is a private instructor and the owner of RSM Golf in Miami and is subcontracted out for instruction at Hillcrest.

A man who answered the phone at Hillcrest Wednesday said he couldn't comment and directed questions to club general manager Lewis Rissman, who didn't immediately return calls for comment.

Messages left at RSM Wednesday morning weren't immediately returned.The company's website lists Moreno as a founder and gives a brief bio.

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"Born and raised in Colombia, Ricardo is an avid student of the game and a true entrepreneur. Ricardo has extensive experience managing junior golf programs in both Colombia and the United States," it reads.

According to the affidavit, the 13-year-old began taking lessons at the club beginning in September 2012. He said Moreno would always stretch him out before lessons but on two occasions, Moreno had touched his genitals during the stretching, the affidavit said.

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When questioned by police, Moreno said he stretches out students using a technique that relieves tension by touching an area near the genitals and has been using that technique for many years, the affidavit said.

Moreno admitted he doesn't have a medical background and hasn't had any professional massage training, the affidavit said.

Moreno remained behind bars Wednesday without bond, and it was unknown whether he has an attorney.

Hollywood Police said they are still investigating and are asking any additional witnesses or victims to contact them at 954-967-8356.

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