Texas gymnastics coach arrested, accused of sexual abuse of children

DALLAS – An elite Texas gymnastics coach has been arrested in Indiana, after being accused of sexually assaulting three girls at a Fort Worth gym, police said Thursday.

Skipper Glenn Crawley, described as an elite team gymnastics coach is accused of sexual abuse of the victims at Sokol gymnastics in Fort Worth, police said. Authorities arrested him on the Wednesday after the execution of a warrant at an Indianapolis residence. He is being held in an Indiana jail, awaiting his extradition.

Crawley, a former assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma, was wanted for continuous sexual abuse of a child, along with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

“The thing was, he was a good coach,” the mother of a victim told TV station WFAA . “And he used that. He is a very sick man.”

Court records show that the three victims accused Crawley of touching their genitals, including one that the coach said to her as he helped her stretch. The victim also reported the coach would make “inappropriate comments,” a comment that he would want to hug or sleep with her, according to a statement. She also told authorities Crawley said that he wanted to marry and that she was his girlfriend, the affidavit says.

Another victim reported Crawley had improperly touched her several times and would call her back to his office, while other girls were air conditioning, according to a statement.

The court records say the police were informed of the sexual violence in April.

Russell Prince, an attorney for the board of directors who runs the gym, said Crawley was suspended from the gym this spring. The same day, the gym’s general manager, received word of a statement, Crawley was pulled from the gym floor, informed of the complaint and be escorted from the building, according to the Prince.

“The gym is doing just if the allegations are true,” he said, pointing out that the general director also contacted the police. Prince described Crawley as a high-level team gymnastics coach, and the coach said was not on the flight authorities in Indiana, but was there on a scheduled visit.

The arrest comes weeks after Texas prosecutors filed sexual assault against former sports doctor Larry Nassar and a trainer who worked at his side, the broadening of the worst abuse scandal in AMERICAN sports history outside of Michigan.

Nassar was charged with sexually assaulting six minors in Walker County, Texas, where U.S. Olympic gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi had a ranch that was used as a location for olympic athletes.

In Michigan earlier this year, Nassar was sentenced to decades in prison after hundreds of girls and women accused him of molestation.

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