Ex-American gymnastics coach arrested and charged with more than a dozen counts of fornication with a child
A 52-year-old former coach of the U.S. gymnastics team will appear in court in Las Vegas on Monday to face 14 allegations of child sexual abuse.
Terry Gray, who helped prepare Morgan White and Alyssa Beckman for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, was arrested by Las Vegas police on Friday.
John C. Manly, a lawyer representing about 200 gymnasts who sue USA Gymnastics, including one of Gray’s former athletes, said Gray had coached his entire career at gyms in California, Nevada and Ohio.
“This is not just any gymnastics coach,” he said The New York Times.
“This is someone who coached national team athletes, world champion athletes and Olympic athletes.”
52-year-old Terry Gray was arrested by the Las Vegas police on Friday and will appear in court on Monday
The charges were brought by three victims and date from 2007-2013. The Orange County Register reported.
In June 2018, Gray was suspended from USA Gymnastics and the US Center for Safe Sport during an investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct.
The gym where he worked at the time, in Temecula, California, was unaware of the investigation and was only notified of Gray’s suspension after it was brought to the club’s attention by members of the gymnastics community.
Even then, the Temecula gym continued to coach him until the suspension was made final in October 2019.
Gray owned a gym in Stowe, Ohio, and reportedly, The Orange County Register coached the U.S. women’s gymnastics team from 1999-2005.
In 2000, he was called up to help Olympic coach Mary Lee Tracy prepare athletes for the Sydney Games at a training facility in Cincinnati.
Among the athletes he coached were Morgan White, who qualified but did not participate in the Games due to an injury, and Alyssa Beckman, a substitute in the 2000 Olympic team.
Morgan White was coached by Terry Gray at an Olympic training center in Cincinnati
Members of the 2000 American women’s Olympic team salute after trials in Boston. From left to right, Morgan White, Elise Ray, Kristen Maloney, Dominique Dawes, Jamie Dantzscher, Amy Chow and alternately Alyssa Beckerman. Gray coached White and Beckerman
It was unclear where he worked at the time of the first allegation, in 2007.
By 2009, the year of the second allegation, he was working at Brown’s Gymnasium in Las Vegas.
A Facebook post from the gym on September 29, 2009 stated that the gym would like to welcome ‘Coach Terry Gray !!! Check out Terry’s impressive bio at www.brownslv.com !!!! ‘
No mention of Gray is currently on the gym’s website and he was not listed as a staff member.
The latest accusation dates from 2013 and in 2018 he was in Temecula, California.
If convicted, Gray could receive a maximum life sentence.
Stephen B. Wolfson, a Clark County attorney for justice in Nevada, said that the accusation of fornication in Nevada means that a victim is touched “for the purpose of arousing, addressing, or pleasing the victim or the offender.”
USA Gymnastics has been inundated with reports of sexual abuse of athletes as of 2016, when the Indianapolis Star revealed a bomb.
In it, they reported that athletes had come forward to say that former national team doctor Larry Nassar had sexually assaulted them.
Hundreds of athletes in recent years have said that Nassar has abused them under the guise of treatment.
Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in a Michigan state prison in January 2018 after being found guilty of seven counts of child sexual abuse.
Since the lock gates opened in 2016, according to an online SafeSport database, 16 people have joined USA Gymnastics, including Gray, who have been suspended or banned from the organization on charges of sexual misconduct or harassment.
The database published cases “that could pose a potential risk to the wider sports community,” the website said.
An additional 64 people were excluded from USA Gymnastics because of a “criminal institution” involving a minor, although the database did not state whether those cases involved sexual misconduct.