Last Updated: 7/13/2020
Prominent New York City running coach James “Jimmy” Lynch has been arrested after multiple clients came forward with allegations of sexual abuse. Lynch has also been charged with practicing physical therapy and massage without a license.
Lynch was arrested on Tuesday, November 26. He is charged with two counts of sexual abuse, two counts of forcible touching, and four counts each of unauthorized use of a professional title and unauthorized practice of a profession.
A 29-year-old woman has accused Lynch of sexually assaulting her during two massages in his office in February of 2019. The District Attorney’s Office says the woman told authorities that Lynch “insert[ed] his fingers into her vagina without permission or authority while acting in the capacity of a ‘massage therapist’ during massage sessions.”
According to Runner’s World, a second woman filed a similar complaint with the NYPD. In this case, Lynch allegedly told the victim, “this is supposed to feel good,” while assaulting her.
A third victim told authorities that she was receiving massage therapy and physical therapy from Lynch twice a week for a three-month period between January and April of 2019. She says that after each session, Lynch kissed her neck and hugged her without her consent.
Lynch has never been licensed to practice physical therapy or massage therapy. He is scheduled to appear in court on December 19.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville of BanvilleLaw.com is proud to represent victims of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. Laurence has a few thoughts to add on the legal rights of those who have been sexually assaulted by their coaches:
In many sexual assault cases, the perpetrator is someone who was trusted by the victim. These sexual predators are often found in positions of trust. Our attorneys have seen cases involving coaches and other athletic professionals sexually assaulting their clients. The victims of these terrible crimes deserve justice for the trauma they’ve suffered.
When a trusted professional like a coach sexually assaults clients, those clients have legal rights. Reporting the abuse to law enforcement can lead to a criminal investigation and criminal penalties if a conviction is made. These victims also may have grounds for a lawsuit against the coach or the facility where the abuse happened.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a coach or someone else in a position of trust, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced sexual assault victims lawyers.