A former South Florida hockey coach is headed for trial in Orange County, accused of molesting a 12-year-old player.
Joseph Timpone, 46, has pleaded not guilty and is set for jury trial next month, according to court records.
He is the former youth hockey director at the Kendall Ice Arena.
Timpone couldn’t be reached for comment. His attorney, David Seltzer, declined to comment.
The charges stem from an incident last September, when Timpone went with the youth hockey team to Maitland, Fla.. According to the police report, a player, then 12 years old, received a text message about 10 p.m. from his coach to come to a vacant hotel room at the Courtyard Marriott. After the player arrived, Timpone told him to “remove his clothes because he was going to massage his legs,” the report said.
The player removed his clothing and lay down on the bed. “Defendant Timpone then put oil onto victim’s legs and buttocks and massaged them,” for about 45 minutes, according to a police report based on witness accounts. The massage was interrupted when the boy’s family, who were wondering where their son was, started texting and calling Timpone.
Timpone allegedly told the player to shower and wash off the oil and advised him to keep what happened a secret. According to the police report, Timpone stared at the youngster’s crotch and told him he was “big for his age.”
The player later told his brother, who asked why his hair was wet.
Maitland police started to investigate and in December, Miami-Dade police arrested Timpone. He faces a felony charge of lewd or lascivious molestation. If found guilty, he could face up to 15 years in prison.
The co-owner of the Kendall Ice Arena, Jane Johnson, said Timpone no longer coaches hockey at the arena but declined to comment further.
Timpone has long been a fixture in South Florida’s hockey scene and previously coached the Miami Little Toros, a youth team of 9- and 10-year-old South Floridians. Last year, Timpone helped orchestrate the first college hockey game in Miami-Dade, a showdown on the ice between club teams from Florida International University and the University of Miami.