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.
“It is a parent’s worst nightmare that someone whom we entrust with care and guidance of our children — whether a coach, teacher, or otherwise — would abuse that trust and harm our children," Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said in a statement. "Anyone who would harm our children in those circumstances, as we have alleged here, will be held fully accountable for their crimes."
Sharp has been charged with four felony counts of child molesting and three felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor by the Marion County prosecutor’s office and with knowing receipt of child pornography and knowing possession of child pornography by the United States attorney’s office.
10:49 A.M. TUESDAY UPDATE: Gymnastics coach Marvin L. Sharp is now facing additional criminal charges in connection to his early Monday arrest.
Online court records indicate that Sharp, 48, is now facing three counts of child molesting and four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. All of the charges are felonies.
He was originally booked on one count of child molesting.
Court documents related to the case have not been released. It is unclear if the charges pertain to one or more children.
The Star has contacted officials from the Marion County prosecutor's office for more information.
Sharp is scheduled to attend an initial hearing Wednesday afternoon. He remains in custody at the Marion County Jail.
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Authorities have arrested the head of an Indianapolis gymnastics academy who coached two members of the 2008 U.S. women's Olympic team on a preliminary charge of child molestation. (Aug. 25) AP
9:43 A.M. MONDAY, AUG. 24, 2015: Award-winning gymnastics coach Marvin L. Sharp was arrested on suspicion of child molestation after police conducted overnight raids at his home and business.
Sharp, 48, was booked into the Marion County Jail early Monday on one count of felony child molesting, according to online court records.
The raids, carried out at Sharp's home in the 5400 block of Deer Creek Avenue and Sharp's Gymnastics Academy at 8070 Georgetown Road, were performed by investigators from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Indiana State Police.
Both law enforcement agencies referred questions about the case to the Marion County prosecutor's office.
Peg McLeish, spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office, said the case remains under investigation and a formal charging decision has not been made.
She added that information about the case also has been shared with the U.S. attorney's office.
Tim Horty, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, said he could not comment on the investigation.
Online court records show that Sharp has no listed attorney. Telephone calls placed to his home and gym went unanswered. Booking information for Sharp indicates that he is being detained for federal authorities.
With the scope of the investigation unclear, parents such as John Davis are eagerly awaiting answers. Davis said his daughter is a former student at Sharp's academy.
"It boggles my mind," Davis said of the arrest. "I've talked to a lot of other parents, and this whole thing is crazy and shocking to everyone."
Sharp, a USA Gymnastics 2010 Coach of the Year, coached Olympians Bridget Sloan and Samantha Peszek. The pair were on the U.S. team that won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Sloan also won national and world all-around titles in 2009 and was fourth on uneven bars at the 2010 World Championships.
The Indianapolis Star contacted the University of Florida where Sloan is a senior gymnast for comment. A university spokeswoman said Sloan had no comment.
A statement released Monday by USA Gymnastics spokeswoman Leslie King said the organization is cooperating with police in regards to the Sharp investigation. "USA Gymnastics promotes a safe environment for its athletes and takes seriously any allegations regarding misconduct," the statement said.
Davis said he was first attracted to Sharp's school because of its sterling reputation.
He never expected to see the head of his daughter's former gymnastics school being walked out in handcuffs on the morning TV news.
"Now, me and all the other parents just want to know what's the next step," Davis said. "This just shocked the gymnastics world. He's known worldwide."
According to Sharp's website, he has been coaching at the national level for more than 25 years and opened Sharp's Gymnastics Academy in 2001. In 2011, he moved his school from a warehouse in the 5900 block of West 84th Street to its current Georgetown Road location.
Sharp also runs a photography business called Sharp's Images, which specializes in photography of sports and children, according to his website.
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