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"According to police, four alleged victims came forward with claims that they had been molested and sexually abused by Woods over the last several years."

Peoria police have arrested a local youth basketball trainer who is accused of having committed various sex crimes against children.

Holland Woods, 57, who also goes by “Mutt,” is the co-owner of nonprofit youth basketball training program Underground Basketball.

According to police, four alleged victims came forward with claims that they had been molested and sexually abused by Woods over the last several years.

Woods, who coaches and trains kids in the Valley, is alleged to have abused some kids starting as young as 8 years old and reoccurring over several years.

Among the accusations leveled against the 57-year-old basketball coach is sexual intercourse.

After launching an investigation, detectives arrested Woods without incident in his Peoria home around 9:45 a.m. August 23.

Woods was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on charges of molestation, sexual conduct with a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, sexual abuse, sexual assault, aggravated assault, sex trafficking and kidnapping.

Police said the charges are preliminary and can be changed.

Peoria police issued the following statement:

“We would like to thank the victims in this case for coming forward, and we encourage all parents, guardians and caretakers to discuss situations like this with their children.”

Peoria police encourage anyone with information regarding this case or any additional victims to contact Detective Vizcarra at 623-773-7055.