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UPDATE: Gymnastics coach arrested on child sexual assault charges may have other victims

Alexander Thomas mugshot
Posted at 4:57 PM, Sep 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-09 17:17:13-04

PAPILLION, Neb. (KMTV) — UPDATE 9/9 4 PM

The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office is looking for possible additional victims in a child sexual assault case.

Alexander Thomas, 30, was arrested by the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Unit for Sexual Assault of a Child, Third Degree. Based on locations and time frames of Thomas’ employment at Omaha Metro gymnastic businesses, we are investigating the possibility that there may be additional victims. The Sheriff’s Office is grateful for the courage of the victim and others who have come forward with information.
Sarpy County Sheriff's Office

The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information regarding the charges against Thomas to contact the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit, 402-593-2288.

3 News Now is publishing Thomas' photo because authorities believe there may be other victims. Our policy is to not publish photos of those who have been charged, but not convicted of crimes unless they are a potential danger to the public.

According to the complaint, Thomas allegedly subjected a child fourteen years of age or younger to "sexual contact not causing serious personal injury."

Metro Stars Gymnastics has two locations, Papillion and Elkhorn. Thomas worked at the Papillion gym.

In an email to families, Rick Johnson, the District Manager wrote, in part, "As an organization that champions the safe and healthy growth and development of children, we couldn't have harder news to report...As you can imagine, our team is working through our own reactions, but we will do our best to support you and your gymnasts in any way we can."

Johnson suggested that families contact the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office if they are concern about any experience: (402) 593-2288

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