Private tennis coach accused of child sex crimes worked at Sacramento-area sports club

A local tennis coach accused of sex crimes against a minor worked at a Sacramento-area sports club. Kasparas Zemaitelis, 26, was arrested Monday on 10 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Lt. Rod Grassmann told KCRA 3 on Tuesday that one victim – a girl around the age of 15 – has come forward. Zemaitelis worked as a Junior Tennis Academy coach at Rio Del Oro Sports Club, KCRA 3 confirmed with Spare Time Sports Clubs, the umbrella company that oversees Rio Del Oro, as well as other local sports clubs. Spare Time Sports Clubs President Larry Gilzean told KCRA 3 that Zemaitelis was hired in October 2020. In response to the current criminal case, Gilzean sent KCRA 3 the following statement: “We are aware of the charges against Mr. Zemaitelis and are currently investigating the matter. The charges are very serious allegations, and the company does not condone or tolerate any such behavior. We have no further comment at this time.” Some members of the Rio Del Oro Sports Club said they were disturbed and devastated by the sex crime allegations against Zemaitelis. “It just makes me think that even learning to play tennis isn’t safe and that’s frustrating,” one club member, only wanting to be identified as Jenna, said. “Of course, you don’t ever want it to happen to your kids or anybody’s kids. I’m glad that it was reported.” The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said Zemaitelis coached “numerous minors” in the Sacramento area, so authorities believe there could be more victims.”If an adult feels comfortable preying on one young person, then I think that they’d feel comfortable preying on multiple,” Jenna said. Another club member, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he was disheartened by the alleged abuse of power.”I’m just shocked and disappointed. I never would have dreamed of such a thing,” he said. “Those kids are probably in a more vulnerable position because they look up to a coach as an authority figure.” Some club members also told KCRA 3 that neither Rio Del Oro Sports Club, nor Spare Time Sports Clubs, send out any information to members regarding what happened.”I’ve heard nothing,” Jenna said. “It’s a miss on their part, and now, it seems like if they do put something out, it will be too little too late.”Zemaitelis is originally from Lithuania , and he played on the men’s tennis team at Sacramento State from 2015 to 2018. According to the website for the ATP Tour, a worldwide top-tier tennis tour for men, Zemaitelis also played in professional matches. Then, he became a tennis coach. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with any information, as well as for any other potential victims to come forward. You can contact the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Sexual & Elder Abuse Bureau at 916-874-5070 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-HELP.

A local tennis coach accused of sex crimes against a minor worked at a Sacramento-area sports club.

Kasparas Zemaitelis, 26, was arrested Monday on 10 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Lt. Rod Grassmann told KCRA 3 on Tuesday that one victim – a girl around the age of 15 – has come forward.

Zemaitelis worked as a Junior Tennis Academy coach at Rio Del Oro Sports Club, KCRA 3 confirmed with Spare Time Sports Clubs, the umbrella company that oversees Rio Del Oro, as well as other local sports clubs.

Spare Time Sports Clubs President Larry Gilzean told KCRA 3 that Zemaitelis was hired in October 2020.

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Tennis courts at Rio Del Oro Sports Club.

In response to the current criminal case, Gilzean sent KCRA 3 the following statement:

“We are aware of the charges against Mr. Zemaitelis and are currently investigating the matter. The charges are very serious allegations, and the company does not condone or tolerate any such behavior. We have no further comment at this time.”

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Some members of the Rio Del Oro Sports Club said they were disturbed and devastated by the sex crime allegations against Zemaitelis.

“It just makes me think that even learning to play tennis isn’t safe and that’s frustrating,” one club member, only wanting to be identified as Jenna, said. “Of course, you don’t ever want it to happen to your kids or anybody’s kids. I’m glad that it was reported.”

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said Zemaitelis coached “numerous minors” in the Sacramento area, so authorities believe there could be more victims.

“If an adult feels comfortable preying on one young person, then I think that they’d feel comfortable preying on multiple,” Jenna said.

Another club member, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he was disheartened by the alleged abuse of power.

“I’m just shocked and disappointed. I never would have dreamed of such a thing,” he said. “Those kids are probably in a more vulnerable position because they look up to a coach as an authority figure.”

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Orko Manna / KCRA 3

Rio Del Oro Sports Club in Sacramento.

Some club members also told KCRA 3 that neither Rio Del Oro Sports Club, nor Spare Time Sports Clubs, sent out any information to members regarding what happened.

“I’ve heard nothing,” Jenna said. “It’s a miss on their part, and now, it seems like if they do put something out, it will be too little too late.”

Zemaitelis is originally from Lithuania, and he played on the men’s tennis team at Sacramento State from 2015 to 2018. According to the website for the ATP Tour, a worldwide top-tier tennis tour for men, Zemaitelis also played in professional matches. Then, he became a tennis coach.

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Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office

Kasparas Zemaitelis

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with any information, as well as for any other potential victims to come forward. You can contact the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Sexual & Elder Abuse Bureau at 916-874-5070 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-HELP.

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