I&M Gymnastics in Channahon, where a coach is accused of child sex abuse.
Longtime Gymnastics Coach Arrested For Sexual Assault
A longtime gymnastics coach who was first accused of sexual abuse almost thirty years ago was arrested on Monday, October 15, on allegations that he sexually abused one of his teenage students. 68-year-old Jose Vilchis has been charged with 14 counts of criminal sexual assault and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for alleged incidents that happened between late 2012 and late 2013 at I&M Gymnastics in Channahon.
Police in Channahon began investigating the coach in 2014 after two teenage girls reported that they were sexually abused by him over multiple months at I&M Gymnastics. Those teens told police that they were aware of other gymnasts who had claimed to have been abused by Vilchis.
In March of this year, the police department began investigating Vilchis again after Chicago Tonight contacted them for a story discussing the first allegations made against Vilchis in Wheeling in 1990 and a subsequent story regarding the 2014 allegations. The reporting for this story was based on police investigation records from Wheeling and Channahon and interviews with three women who claimed to have been sexually abused by Vilchis while they were teenagers.
Following the reopening of this investigation, at least one other woman has come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against Vilchis, which she said occurred while she was a teenage gymnast training at I&M.