Capital Gymnastics National Training Center, where Galvez is accused of sexual assault.
At Least 4 Accuse Former National Tumbling Team Coach of Sexual Misconduct
Former USA Gymnastics’ national tumbling team coach Sergio Galvez has been accused of sexual misconduct with at least four alleged victims. Galvez was asked to resign from his role as a coach with USA Gymnastics after these allegations surfaced in October.
The first complaint was filed with the U.S. Center for SafeSport on October 18. A woman told the department that Galvez abused her sexually, physically, and emotionally. The woman was an athlete training with Galvez as her coach at the Capital Gymnastics National Training Center in Burke, Virginia.
According to the complaint, Galvez began harassing the athlete a few months after he started coaching her. Galvez was also her boss at the time, as the woman was working full-time at the gym to pay for her gymnastics training.
The complaint states that Galvez invited her to his cabin at the Karolyi Ranch, where he touched her “in a way that made me uncomfortable.” The woman said that she felt she could not refuse his invitation because of the coaching and professional relationship with Galvez. According to the complaint, the athlete notified gym owners Barry and Chrissy Neff of what she considered sexual and emotional harassment by Galvez.
In February, this victim quit gymnastics and her coaching job at Capital Gymnastics. She eventually filed a complaint in October after a mutual acquaintance convinced her to contact attorney Jessica Armstrong, who is a former victim of U.S. National Team sexual abuse.
At least three others have come forward to SafeSport with allegations of sexual misconduct by Galvez. He remains suspended pending a hearing.