A former gymnastics coach at Sokol Gymnastics in Fort Worth has been arrested near Indianapolis and faces extradition on charges of child sexual abuse, according to Fort Worth police and an attorney hired by the club.
Skipper Glenn Crawley coached at the club for about a year and is accused of sexually abusing several young gymnasts who were members of the same team, said Russ Prince of the Palma & Prince law firm of Tampa, and lawyer for Sokol.
Crawley was wanted by Fort Worth police on a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child and two charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, said police spokesman Tracy Carter.
Prince revealed that the allegations were made in late April, and authorities at the school immediately notified police and USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for the sport, which suspended Crawley.
According to the firm, there are three accusers, who Star-Telegram media partner WFAA said range in age from 8 to 13. He added, however, that there shouldn’t be a rush to judgment.
“I speak for the club, and they want law enforcement to thoroughly vet this,” Prince said. “We believe law enforcement will do their job vetting these allegations. We want to take a healthy step back and let formal discovery do its job.”
Crawley was a former gymnast at Richland High School and was inducted into the Birdville ISD Sports Hall of Fame in October 2016, according to a post shared on the BISD high school gymnastics Facebook page.
Police did not say how long Crawley was a fugitive, but posts made as recently as July 31 on his Facebook page said he was in Arlington when he made them. Crawley claimed on Facebook to have been working recently as a master trainer at 24 Hour Fitness in North Richland Hills.