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More molestation charges filed against former Fort Worth gymnastics coach

More molestation charges have been filed against former Fort Worth gymanstics coach Skipper Crawley of Kemp.
More molestation charges have been filed against former Fort Worth gymanstics coach Skipper Crawley of Kemp.

An ex-coach at Sokol Gymnastics in Fort Worth charged last month with child sexual abuse had more charges filed against him involving girls in Oklahoma.

Skipper Glenn Crawley, 51, of Kemp, was charged on Wednesday with 10 counts of lewd molestation involving more than five of his students in the 1990s at Tulsa World of Gymnastics.

Crawley was arrested last month near Indianapolis on the Fort Worth charges. He was later extradited to Fort Worth.

Crawley is accused of putting his hand under the clothing of the girls in Tulsa and touching them under the guise of helping them stretch, according to KOTV-TV in Tulsa.

Those girls who are now women in their 30s came forward after they learned Crawley was charged with molesting girls in Fort Worth. Prosecutors were able to file charges in Tulsa because Oklahoma law allows reported victims until the age of 45 to come forward with molestation allegations, according to the news reports.

The girls reported it to Tulsa gymnastics officials in 1997 and Crawley was fired, but the families did not make a police report because they wanted to spare the girls a trial, according to KOTV-TV.

In Fort Worth, Crawley, also known as “Skip,” is accused of sexually abusing several young gymnasts who were members of the same team.

The Fort Worth allegations were made in April, and authorities at the school immediately notified Fort Worth police and USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for the sport, which suspended Crawley.

He has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of sex abuse of a child in the Fort Worth cases, according to Tarrant County criminal court records. The offenses occurred in 2017 and 2018.

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.

He also was a gymnast at the University of Oklahoma, according to news reports.

Crawley was in the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $175,000 bail.

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Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763,@mingoramirezjr.
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