2:10 p.m. UPDATE: Local and federal authorities have outlined formal charges against gymnastics coach Marvin L. Sharp, who is accused of having sexual contact with one of his students and for possessing child pornography.
Court documents filed in Marion County Superior Court say Sharp took inappropriate photographs and inappropriately touched a girl on many occasions while he was her gymnastics coach. The girl, who is now 14, told police that Sharp has been touching her inappropriately since she was 12 years old.
The girl told investigators that Sharp frequently told her not to tell her parents about the photo and physical therapy sessions where the inappropriate touching took place, officials said.
The incidents took place at the Sharp's business, Sharp’s Gymnastics Academy as well as during an out-of-state trip that the girl and Sharp took together as competitor and coach.
Child pornography files, including thousands of photos, were discovered on computer drives belonging to Sharp during the execution of search warrants on Sharp’s home and Sharp’s Gymnastics Academy, court documents said. Thousands of sexually explicit images of minors were found in a safe in his home and in a file cabinet at his gymnasium. The images showed young boys and girls in sexually explicit poses.
Written on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 20:02