A former gymnastics coach has been charged with three counts of felony child molestation for allegedly inappropriate touching of female gymnasts at Kids in Motion in Washington
David F. Schneider, 41, Washington, was charged with three felony counts of first-degree child molestation Tuesday, Feb. 6.
Schneider was initially held on a $100,000 cash-only bond. The bond was reduced to $50,000 Wednesday. He was bonded out Wednesday evening, according to the sheriff’s office.
Schneider is prohibited from contacting the three victims. He is being represented by Daniel Briegel, a Union-based attorney.
He posted bond and was released from the Franklin County Jail Wednesday, Feb. 7. He is scheduled to appear in court in front of Judge David Hoven Thursday, Feb. 22.
The charges stem from incidents police say occurred in 2013 and 2014, according to online court documents. Schneider was a volunteer gymnastics coach at Kids in Motion at that time.
Washington police began an investigation into allegations of inappropriate touching after being contacted by a juvenile, Jan. 9. The girl told police her gymnastics coach had touched her inappropriately five years ago.
According to the probable cause statement filed in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office by Washington police, the first victim told police Schneider “used his hand to go under her shorts and grab the area of her vagina over her leotard” on multiple occasions while he was spotting her while doing the oversplits.
The victim told police she thought it was strange at the time the incident occurred, but didn’t realize it was wrong until recently.
A second victim told police Schneider had also placed his hands under her shorts but also placed them under her leotard and touched her genitals multiple times. The juvenile told police the touching occurred multiple times while doing the oversplits, according to the probable cause statement.
The second victim said the touching occurred four to six years ago while at Kids in Motion. She said she also witnessed Schneider touch the first victim under her shorts while doing the oversplits.
A third victim told police Schneider had touched her genitals with his fingers while she was doing the oversplits. The juvenile said the incidents occurred between spring 2014 and October 2014.
The third victim said the touching was awkward and told her mother. The mother reported the touching to the owner of Kids in Motion, Piper Hoemann, according to police.
Schneider volunteered at Kids in Motion from the fall of 2011 until the fall of 2014.
According to the probable cause statement, during an interview with Washington police Schneider admitted to placing his hands on numerous girls in an inappropriate place during stretches.
Schneider told police the “inappropriate place” would be the area around the vagina and he never tried to “hide” that, authorities said.
He told police his hands slipped and he touched the girls inappropriately because it was a “wet environment” and the girls would be sweaty, according to the probable cause statement.
Schneider told police he did not change his stretching technique after slipping several times and touching girls, according to the probable cause statement.
In addition to working with gymnasts, Schneider has been a longtime coach in the area.
He had spent more than a decade as a volunteer swim coach at the Four Rivers Area Family YMCA in Washington until he was let go this week after the allegations were made public.
He also coached volleyball and soccer at Crosspoint Christian School in the past.
In 2015, Schneider was recognized by the Washington Optimist Club with its annual Friend of the Youth Award. He was cited for his work with the swim team and as volunteer gymnastics coach with Kids in Motion during the award presentation.