Cheerleaders Accuse Former Coach of Sexual Abuse

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Twin cheerleaders accused their erstwhile manager Monday of intersexual maltreatment astatine the gyms wherever helium worked with them.

Hannah and Jessica Gerlacher are 22 now, but said they were 15 erstwhile the maltreatment began astatine the hands of manager Jason McCartney, who is besides known arsenic Jay.

Their suit said they were abused astatine some the Plano and Frisco locations of Cheer Athletics.

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Hannah Gerlacher said she and her sister decided to talk astir their acquisition successful anticipation of getting amended extortion for different young radical successful the future.

“We had nary crushed to fishy our coach. We were children and we were told helium would instrumentality america to the adjacent level successful the athletics we loved,” she said.

They did excel, but their lawyer Michelle Simpson Tuegel said the maltreatment began erstwhile Hannah was recovering from an injury, akin to what has been alleged successful gymnastics.

“And immoderate of the communal threads of however those women were not protected and however coaches and individuals successful precocious levels of their athletics failed to support them are precisely akin successful this case,” Tuegel said.

The suit and the website for the Cheer Athletics Austin determination said McCartney is present a manager there.

McCartney’s leafage connected the Austin website said helium has been successful the cheer manufacture for 27 years. 

"I privation to beryllium capable to make a spot that provides opportunity, growth, positivity, and experiences. A harmless spot for young radical to authentically beryllium themselves. A spot without judgement oregon fear, a location distant from home," McCartney’s station said.

The suit said the twins’ acquisition with McCartney was not safe. Also sued successful summation to McCartney were the Plano and Frisco Cheer Athletics locations, Cheer Athletics Holdings and United States All Star Federation (USASF), an entity that administers cheer organizations.

“What happened to Hannah and Jessica arsenic minors is inexcusable. They've had to woody with a batch of symptom and trauma that they've had to hide,” said Andrew Dao, different Gerlacher attorney.

The lawyers claimed complaints were filed with USASF, but nary enactment was taken truthful transgression complaints were filed and transgression investigations are pending.

Plano and Frisco constabulary officials said nary transgression charges person been filed.

“In sharing our story, we anticipation to assistance different survivors of intersexual maltreatment find the spot to talk up and heal,” Hannah Gerlacher said.

Their suit mentions implicit $10 cardinal successful damages, but Hannah Gerlacher said their main extremity is alteration and accountability.

USASF sent NBC 5 a connection precocious Monday afternoon, saying:

"USASF, the not-for-profit rank enactment for competitory cheer and creation successful the U.S., is committed to the information of our 140,000+ jock members. Our jock information practices and policies are purposefully aligned with SafeSport champion practices, and we continuously look for ways to  amended jock protection. We person implemented much stringent information reporting and acquisition policies for each members, including athletes, parents, gym owners, coaches and lawsuit producers. We deplore immoderate lawsuit of intersexual misconduct oregon harassment of our members, and we person taken important steps to respond to reports of misconduct and to marque it wide that determination is nary spot for intersexual predators successful the cheer and creation community. USASF treats reports received astir allegations of intersexual misconduct oregon harassment arsenic confidential, and we bash not remark connected litigation."

Messages near Monday for McCartney and each the different suspect parties successful the suit were not returned.

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