Gymnastics coach accused of child molestation found dead

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INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities say the head of an Indianapolis gymnastics academy who was jailed on charges of child pornography and molestation has been found dead of an apparent suicide in his cell.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Katie Carlson says 49-year-old Marvin Sharp, who coached two members of the 2008 U.S. women’s Olympic team, died Saturday night. She didn’t say how he died but said foul play isn’t suspected.

Sharp, the USA Gymnastics 2010 Coach of the Year, was arrested Aug. 24 on four counts of child molestation and three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. A probable cause affidavit stated he repeatedly fondled or touched a 14-year-old girl he had coached.

He also faced federal charges of having knowingly received and possessed child pornography.

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