A 32-year-old man who used to coach gymnastics at Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics in Broomfield has been arrested for and charged with allegedly sexually assaulting two boys, who were 12 and 14 at the time, from October 2004 through June 2007. According to court documents associated with the case, witnesses allege that the coach would appear to take a special interest in some boys, would touch them in unnecessary ways during gymnastic lessons and would go out of his way to try to give some boys rides home.
The two victims who have stepped forward have told law enforcement officials that the coach would invite them over to his home, where he would show the boys pornography and occasionally touch them inappropriately. The victims also describe having “private lessons” with the coach, explaining that the coach would allegedly require them to practice naked.
Because the former coach was arrested in Houston and has a history of having been a gymnastics coach at other facilities throughout the U.S., the investigation in this case is ongoing, and officials have stated that they are currently looking for more potential sexual assault victims. At this point, the former coach, who remains in police custody until his first hearing (which has not yet been set), is facing charges of:
- Sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, which will likely be charged as a Class 3 felony given the fact that this charge has been coupled with the sexual assault as a pattern of abuse charge.
- Sexual assault as a pattern of abuse, which is a Class 3 felony offense that can be punishable by up to 32 years in prison upon conviction given the fact that this offense is considered to be an extraordinary risk crime.
- Sexual assault on a child, which is a Class 4 felony offense that can be punishable by up to 16 years in prison upon conviction.
- Unlawful sexual contact, which could be charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor or, should the evidence in the case prompt the district attorney to file harsher charges for this allegation, could be charged as a Class 4 felony offense.
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