It’s no secret that gymnastics culture has at times lead to sexual abuse. Just recently, a father walked in on his teenage daughter’s gymnastics coach sexually assaulting her. The coach, 43, had his pants pulled down around his ankles. Read on below.
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Tumbling coach charged with sexual assault. A tumbling coach has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor after authorities say the victim’s father caught the man in the act. The girl, 14, and the man, 43, were together inside a darkened gym, according to the Daily Mail. The incident took place in Maine.
Tumbling coach charged with sexual assault. According to reports, 43-year-old Jeremy Link was caught with his pants around his ankles by the girl’s dad on Saturday, April 22. Link taught tumbling classes at Elite All-Stars of Maine Cheer and Dance in Westbrook. He also taught “ninja classes” at another facility, the Daily Mail reports.
Tumbling coach charged with sexual assault. The owner of Elite All-Stars hired Link as a tumbling coach a year ago. According to the Daily Mail, she says Link passed a background check during the hiring process. Though authorities have not specified which gym the alleged sexual assault took place, it is known that it occurred in Westbrook.
Tumbling coach charged with sexual assault. Link’s now-deactivated Facebook page said that he taught classes at the Elite All-Star Gym, the Daily Mail reports. It also read that he operated a construction business on the side. Making his first court appearance earlier in the week, the 43-year-old was ordered to be held on $15,000 cash bail of $100,000 surety. LInk’s parents are using their home as collateral for their son’s release, according to the Press Herald.
Tumbling coach charged with sexual assault. According to prosecutors, the case began holding on Saturday, April 22, when the victim’s father went to the gym. While looking for his daughter, the man caught her together with Link. The Portland Press Herald reported that Link was standing with his pants around his ankles. Reports have not specified what the girl’s father did, though it is known that the police were called.
Tumbling coach charged with sexual assault. Police were quickly called to the scene. There, they interviewed the 14-year-old who allegedly admitted to having oral sex and intercourse with the 43-year-old. Link’s defense attorney, Gary Prolman, argued otherwise: He claims that Link was simply changing his clothes in close proximity to his student.
Tumbling coach charged with sexual assault. Prolman argued that there is no video footage inside the gym. He also noted that there was no eyewitness account of the alleged sexual encounter, station WGME reported. Julie Dvilinsky, the owner of the gymnastics facility, released a statement on the Elite All-Star Maine Facebook paige: “This individual is no longer a staff member at our gym, and they are not a representative of our morals, values or what we reach, from staff to athletes.”
Tumbling coach charged with sexual assault. According to the Press Herald, Link told police that he used “poor judgement” in deciding to get undressed in front of the 14-year-old. In court, Prolamn argued that the statement from the alleged victim was “coerced.” However, the defense said that while the girl was, in fact, emotional during the interview with officials, the information was not coerced.
Tumbling coach charged with sexual assault. Meanwhile, Dvilinsky, the owner of the gym facility, said she first heard about Link’s arrest from a reporter. She also noted that no one from the Westbrook Police Department had contacted her regarding him or the case, according to the Press Herald. As noted, she said he passed a background check when she hired him to teach a weekly tumbling class.
Tumbling coach charged with sexual assault. “We call it an open tumbling class and kids come in if they want to learn some tumbling skills,” Dvilinsky said of the class Link headed. She noted her gym was closed last week for school vacation and no classes were held. However, the facility’s Facebook page indicates that there was a tumbling clinic held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday that week, though it does not indicate who taught the class.
Tumbling coach charged with sexual assault. Dvilinksy said Link also works at Dudziak’s School of Gymnastics in Biddeford, Maine. There, he taught ninja classes, which as the Press Herald notes, is a combination of gymnastics and obstacle course training. “Dvilinsky also said Link owned a construction business and Link’s Facebook page has references to a business called Custom Link Home Improvement in Old Orchard Beach,” the outlet reported.
Tumbling coach charged with sexual assault. Over on the Daily Mail, people have reacted to the case and the many details surrounding it. One user wrote: “Background checks are only good once the person is actually caught and charged. Unfortunately nowadays with sexual abuse so rampant, when it comes to my child, I assume a person is guilty until proven innocent, however long that might take.”
Tumbling coach charged with sexual assault. Another said: “That guy does not appear to have any marks on his face in the mugshot. If I were the parent that walked in on that… Well, I’d have to hire a really good lawyer… After I purchased a shovel and went on a sudden nature hike.”
Tumbling coach charged with sexual assault. One user wrote: “If that had been my daughter, the police wouldn’t have found him standing up at all, and he’d be in the hospital – not jail.” Another added: “Sick freak. The I was changing cloths close to the minor child and that’s why my pants are around my knees defense?”
You. What would you have done if you walked in on your daughter being sexually assaulted? Would you have taken action of your own, or called the police? Sound off in the comments section and tell us what you think!
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