Liberty Lake volleyball coach under federal investigation for sexual contact with children

SPOKANE, Wash. — A local volleyball coach is under federal investigation for possible inappropriate sexual contact with children.

Sergio Donizetti Luciano, 59, is in federal custody and is a fugitive from justice in Brazil with a prior conviction for child rape. A tip came in through Interpol about his conviction and federal authorities found he was in Spokane, then detained him.

Homeland Security Investigations special agents are in charge of the investigation, but said it is not clear if there are victims in the United States. Luciano is being held on his conviction from Brazil and has not been charged with a crime in the U.S.

Luciano was a volunteer at multiple volleyball clubs in the Spokane region from 2017 to 2021, including the Extreme Volleyball Club in Liberty Lake.

Anyone with information related to Luciano is asked to submit an anonymous tip by calling the HSI Tipline at 866-DHS-2423.