Youth Gymnastics Coach in Polk County Facing More Child Porn Charges

A Polk County gymnastics coach is facing 40 additional child pornography charges after investigators initially charged him in January.

The 21-year-old man has been charged with another 40 counts of possession of child pornography. He was already charged with 22 counts previously. He is being held at the Polk County Jail with no bond.

The man is a member of the Junior Olympics team and a youth coach at Elite World Gymnastics in Lakeland.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, an additional investigation allegedly found more images and videos of child porn in a Dropbox account owned by the man.

Authorities initially received a tip that the man was downloading child pornography at the gymnastics center that his parents own and operate.

Officials claim the man also taught group and private classes to children as young as 3-years-old — the same ages as the children he’s accused of downloading images of, investigators said.

The Sheriff’s Office claims the man confessed to downloading child pornography and said he’s been doing it since 2011.

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