Rochester community volleyball organizer charged with sexual assault of a teen

ABC 6 News) – A Rochester community volleyball organizer has been charged with sexually assaulting a juvenile multiple times in May 2021.

33-year-old Tommy Tongsengzeng Yang was charged in Olmsted County District Court Wednesday with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to the complaint, on May 20, 2021, an officer with the Rochester Police Department spoke with the victim, who was 15 at the time, about a sex assault.

The victim told the officer she plays volleyball in a community league and that she only knew Yang, the organizer of the league, through volleyball.

She told the investigator that she had messaged Yang on Instagram and that the two of them began texting and talking, and that he helped her.

Court documents state Yang and the victim met up a few times to stargaze and talk.

During one occasion the victim told authorities Yang commented on "the way she moved" and that Yang "told her he would wait a few years for her."

Documents state Yang sexually assaulted the victim several times in public parking lots around Rochester, and that the victim told him "no" several times during different encounters.

The victim told a friend and her parents what had happened, and had a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exam done, and also showed a police investigator an abrasion on her knee that reportedly happened during one of the assaults.

Yang is scheduled to make his first court appearance on September 20.