Sources: Marvin Sharp could face additional charges

Authorities questioned homeowner Marvin Sharp inside their mobile command unit (WTHR photo)
Sources: Marvin Sharp could face additional charges
Sources: Marvin Sharp could face additional charges
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Elite gymnastics coach Marvin Sharp remains in custody on a child molestation charge. Sharp may have a bond hearing later Monday.

The investigation of Sharp started with a complaint from a student, a female gymnast at Sharp’s Gymnastics Academy in the 8000 block of Georgetown Road in Indianapolis. While he currently faces a single charge of child molestation, sources say this could be just the beginning.

Sharp was led out of his northwest side house in handcuffs Sunday night. Earlier in the evening, IMPD, Indiana State Police and federal agents removed evidence from the 48-year-old's northwest side home.

Detectives took computers and other electronic devices to a special mobile lab, searching for what sources describe as child pornography. Authorities also raided his gym, removing other pieces of potential evidence.

It's the same facility where Olympian Bridget Sloan trained for the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, where she won a silver medal. Another member of that Olympic team, Samantha Peszek, trained at Sharp's Gymnastics Academy after the Games.

Sources tell Eyewitness News that in addition to the single charge of molestation, there could be additional victims. The U.S. Attorney's Office would not confirm an investigation, but sources say the federal agency is currently reviewing the case, specifically looking at which images were found on Sharp's computers and other devices.

Classes continued as scheduled Monday at Sharp's, but an employee had no comment on the situation surrounding the facility's owner.

"I don't know what's going on," said the instructor. "I don't know anything that's happened. I have no comment."

Parents were also shocked by the news.

"My daughter has been going here. My oldest went here. I've never seen him with anything strange that would make me be, like, 'What's going on?'," said parent Stephanie Holman.

Her daughter works for the female coach at the gym.

"I'm not saying it didn't happen," she said. "It very well could be a child with her feelings hurt and that's the first thing that came to mind. You just never know."

"It's surprising, because I would not have even thought of it," says one student's father.

Another father said he was withdrawing his son from classes.

"I can't support this," he said.

The mother of another student said she was taking her child out of classes, too. She said the news "makes me sick." Another mom is thinking about quitting, too.

"I can't judge. I don't know anything about the situation. I pray for anyone who's been affected by it, that the truth comes out and people can heal," she said.

Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics said in a statement: “USA Gymnastics is cooperating with law enforcement's active investigation concerning Marvin Sharp."

While this arrest comes just days after the guilty plea of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle on some similar charges, sources say this is an independent investigation and has no connection to the Fogle case.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story originally reported FBI agents were part of the raid, based on information obtained from an officer on the scene. Law enforcement later recanted that, saying only IMPD and State Police were involved.

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