Volleyball Coach Accused of Secretly Taping Underage Girl

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Ronald Buchanan Jr. (Placer County Jail)


A Roseville volleyball coach is accused of secretly taping an underage girl.

“You would hope that if anybody’s inviting you into their home, that they’re not secretly recording you,” said Roseville Police Sgt. Darin DeFreece.

But that’s exactly what Roseville police say Ronald Buchanan Jr. did with at least one of his former players while she was changing clothes for a photo shoot.

“He was charging his cell in his bathroom and it was set up in such a fashion that it kind of keyed her in on it,” said DeFreece.

That underage girl and her parent brought their concerns about the 30-year-old coach and part-time photographer to police, leading to an arrest.

Buchanan’s wife didn’t want to talk about the situation Monday night, but his long-time friend, fellow coach and boss at Club Roseville Volleyball did.

“I’m just shocked and I still don’t know what to say. (He is a) good kid, well-respected in the community, everybody knows him, gets along with everybody doesn’t have a temper. Great with kids, great with parents. Just a good guy,” said Keith Hart, director of Club Roseville Volleyball

Buchanan’s neighbors  are also confused by the allegations.

“I still believe a person’s innocent until proven guilty and I just wish more people would believe that. So many people are railroaded these days,” said neighbor Jim Daneke.

And though he’s had to remove him from his  volleyball program, Keith Hart says he still supports his friend.

“We don’t know what’s going on, so we can’t judge him,” said Hart.

Buchanan has a new baby at home,  but he was not home Monday tonight.

Instead, he was jailed in lieu of $250,000 bond.

Police believe other secret recordings may have happened in Roseville and at a studio in Rocklin.

They’re looking for any other potential victims to come forward.


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