Gymnastics Coach Accused of Child Molestation in 2 States
Gymnastics coach Skipper Crawley has been arrested for allegedly molesting several of his students at Tulsa World of Gymnastics in the 1990s. These new charges have been filed less than two months after Crawley was arrested in Indianapolis based on allegations that he sexually assaulted three girls at a gym called Sokol in Fort Worth, Texas. Crawley was extradited to Texas to face those charges.
On September 6, Crawley was charged by Tulsa authorities with 10 counts of lewd molestation of a child. He remains jailed in the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth for the original charges of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14.
Crawley is a former assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma.
Six Oklahoma women have come forward with allegations that Crawley sexually abused them as minors, between 1993 and 1997. The victims say that Crawley sexually abused them during stretching time during practice or at the end of practice. According to the arrest warrant, the youngest victim was 8 years old and the oldest was 10 years old while they were being coached by Crawley in the 1990s.
In 1997, Crawley was fired from Tulsa World Gymnastics when parents came to ownership with allegations of “inappropriate touching.”
Legal Recourse For Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps the survivors of sexual violence find the justice and support they deserve. Here are some of his thoughts on how the legal system can help survivors and their families:
For just about every parent, making sure your kids are safe is the top priority in life. Tragically, some of the individuals who we entrust with the safety of our children turn out to be sexual predators who abuse their positions of trust in order to victimize innocent children. When a teacher, coach, religious leader, or another authority figure abuses a child under their care, it’s crucial for the victim’s family to be aware of their legal options.
While taking legal action can’t erase the past, it can help demand accountability both from the perpetrator of the abuse and any third parties who failed to prevent the abuse, such as the perpetrator’s employer. In some cases, negligence on the part of an employer results in preventable sexual abuse. For example, a failure to run a background check or to check references for a history of sexual misconduct or abuse could constitute negligence. When negligence is found to have played a role in enabling, failing to prevent, or covering up abuse, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or your child has been sexually abused by a person in a position of trust and you’re looking for justice, we recommend contacting the police and discussing your case with an experienced sexual abuse victims lawyer.