A former gymnastics coach has been charged with three counts of child molestation for alleged inappropriate touching of female gymnasts at a local business.
David F. Schneider, 41, Washington, was charged with three felony counts of first-degree child molestation Tuesday, Feb. 6. He is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.
According to online court documents the incidents occurred in 2013 and 2014.
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 the probable cause statement filed in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office by Washington police, Schneider was a volunteer gymnastics coach at Kids in Motion, Washington.
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 splits.
The victim told police she thought it was weird at the time the incident occurred, but didn’t realize it was wrong until recently, according to the probable cause statement.
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 splits.
The second victim said the touching occurred 4-6 years ago while at Kids in Motion. She said she also witnessed Schneider touch the first victim under shorts while doing the splits.
A third victim told police Schneider had touched her genitals with his fingers while she was doing the splits. 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.
Police made contact with Schneider and he agreed to an interview. According to the probable cause statement, Schneider admitted to placing his hands on numerous girls during stretches in an inappropriate place.
Schneider told police the “inappropriate place” would be the area around the vagina he never tried to “hide” that, authorities said. Schneider told police his hands slipped and he touched the girls in inappropriate places 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.
Schneider has been a long-time swim team coach for the Four Rivers Area Family YMCA program. According to the YMCA website, Schneider had spent at least a decade there since he helped start the program in the mid 2000s.
In 2015, Schneider was recognized by the Washington Optimist Club with their 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.