WASHINGTON, Mo. – A volunteer gymnastics coach is facing charges after police said he inappropriately touched female gymnasts at a Washington, Missouri, gym.
Police said David F. Schneider was charged with three counts of child molestation and taken into custody. He is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond. Police also said they've learned of three additional girls. They were only seven or eight at the time and are now 12 or 13.
Piper Hoemann, the owner of Kids in Motion in Washington, said she was shocked to hear the allegations. Hoemann said he was a volunteer coach between fall 2011 and spring 2014.
At Kids in Motion, police say he touched some of the girls on top of their leotards and shorts and others beneath. Some of the girls told police it happened multiple times. Police say Schneider admitted to touching the girls, but said it was only in inappropriate places because they were sweaty and his hands slipped.
Hoemann said, when he coached, Schneider was never alone with any girls.
"I just urge anybody in any sport anywhere that if they feel they have been touched inappropriately to talk to their parents so that their parents can take it to the next step," she said, "because no child should have to carry this burden around on their heart. It's ridiculous."
Schneider was also a volunteer at the Four Rivers YMCA. The YMCA said it has never received any allegations about Schneider. Regardless, they immediately prohibited him access to the Y premises after learning about the allegations at Kids in Motion.
A spokesperson sent the following statement:
"Mr. Schneider was a volunteer at the Four Rivers Y. While the allegations against him took place at a local gymnastics center, we have never received any allegations about him. Regardless, we immediately prohibited him access to Y premises when we learned of the allegations.
The safety and well-being of the children and participants involved in our programs and services is always our top priority. We have a series of measures in place for all volunteers and staff prior to working in our facilities to keep kids safe.The Y is deeply shocked and concerned by this news and our thoughts and prayers go out to the children and families involved."
Police are asking anyone who believes they were victimized by Schneider to call police.