LAYTON, Utah (ABC4) – A Layton gymnastics coach has been arrested for sexual abuse of a minor.
According to the probable cause statement obtained by ABC4, Layton Police received a Child Abuse and Neglect Report from the Department of Child and Family Services on Tuesday.
That reports says a teenager told her “family that she had been sexually abused multiple times over the last several years by her gymnastics coach.”
Authorities later identified that coach as 31-year-old Kelly Brown of North Davis Gymnastics.
The probable cause goes on to say that Brown would inappropriately touch the teenager “while helping her stretch” as well as other lewd behavior.
Authorities say Brown admitted to his actions and his statements were consistent with those from the victim. The probable cause statement says Brown denied inappropriately touching the teenager, but “acknowledged his mistakes” and “denied having any other similar instances with any victims.”
Brown is now being held without bail in the Davis County Jail on charges of unlawful sexual activity with a minor under the age of 18, two counts of dealing in materials harmful to a minor, and sexual exploitation of a minor.
In a release, North Davis Gymnastics owner Kimberly Daniels said the following;
“Prior to his arrest, North Davis Gymnastics had no knowledge of any malfeasance on the part of
Mr. Brown. NDG does not allow coaches to engage in inappropriate contact or be alone with
students, and was unaware Mr. Brown was violating not only these policies but the law.
We unequivocally condemn the despicable conduct of which Mr. Brown is accused and applaud
the courage of the gymnast who brought it to light.”
Daniels also says the North Davis Gymnastics has reported Brown’s arrest to USA Gymnastics in accordance with Safe Sport Guidelines.
“Our continued thoughts and prayers are with the victim and her family. In the interest of
protecting their privacy, North Davis Gymnastics will not be making further statements at this
time,” Daniels added in a release.
North Davis Gymnastics says they are fully cooperating with authorities in the investigation against Kelly Brown.