Olympic gymnasts coach charged with child molesting

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INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities have arrested the head of an Indianapolis gymnastics academy who coached two members of the 2008 U.S. women's Olympic team.

Marion County Jail records say 48-year-old Marvin Sharp was being held Monday on a preliminary charge of child molesting.

He is accused of having sexual contact with one of his students.

Sharp was arrested after police officers searched his Indianapolis home and Sharp's Gymnastics Academy on Sunday.

The accuser, who is know 14-years-old, told investigators Sharp began abusing her two years ago.

Police say thousands of sexually explicit images of minors were found in a safe in Sharp's home and in a file cabinet at his gymnasium.

The Indianapolis Star reports Sharp coached central Indiana natives Bridget Sloan and Samantha Peszek before they were members of the U.S. team that won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

 

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