Olympian Gym Coach Arrested in Child Molestation Case
08/24/2015 10:12 am PDT
Indianapolis police Sunday arrested a well-known local gymnastics coach in connection to a child molestation investigation, FOX59 reports.
Marvin Sharp was taken into custody following a raid on his home in the 5000 block of Deer Creek Avenue, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department told the outlet.
Jail records reportedly show Sharp was booked on a charge of child molesting.
A spokesperson for the department said a joint investigation was underway with Indiana State Police.
According to FOX59, Sharp is owner of Sharp's Gymnastics Academy, which proclaims itself "Home of Olympians & World Champions" on a company website.
Sharp was gymnast Bridget Sloan's coach when she made the Olympic team in 2008 and coached Sloan through her efforts to make the 2012 Olympic team, according to a spokesperson for USA Gymnastics, the national governing body of gymnastics in the U.S.
He is also credited with coaching Olympic athlete Samantha Peszek from 2008-2009 until Peszek enrolled in college.
USA Gymnastics released the following statement to Crime Watch Daily in regards to Sharp's arrest: "USA Gymnastics is cooperating with law enforcement's active investigation concerning Marvin Sharp. USA Gymnastics promotes a safe environment for its athletes and takes seriously any allegations regarding misconduct."
Sources: FOX59, WISH-TV,Sharps Gym, USA Gymnastics, USA Gymnastics
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