A Clermont cheer coach arrested at his Winter Garden home after being accused of sexually abusing minors he coached faces a possible life sentence after being convicted, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District. Florida.
Vigiland D’Haiti, 40, was charged with one count of possessing child pornography, one count of producing child pornography, and one count of enticed a minor to engage in sexual activity.
The former high school teacher and cheer coach has co-owned the Rush Allstars cheer team in Clermont since 2009.
Vigiland D’Haiti (Clermont Police Department Facebook Page)
In March, he was arrested by the Clermont Police Department and accused of sexually abusing multiple victims since at least 2013. The Lake County warrant alleges multiple lewd and lascivious crimes against “victims between the ages of 12 and 15.”
According to the federal government’s allegations, D’Haiti knowingly possessed photos and videos of a minor victim of sexual exploitation and released videos and photos of the victim last year. Additionally, for a period of six months in 2014, D’Haiti knowingly persuaded, enticed, enticed, and coerced another minor victim to engage in sexual activity, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
D’Haiti faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on the possession charge; up to 30 years in federal prison on the production count, and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years to life on the attraction count. D’Haiti also faces a possible life sentence for parole.