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Gymnast arrested on molestation charge

A Prince William County man who has been a member of the U.S. national gymnastics team has been arrested for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old boy at a gymnastics center in Fairfax County, Fairfax police said Wednesday.

Police said they began an investigation in January into allegations by a woman whose son was allegedly having sex with an older man in 2007 and 2008, when the boy was 13 and the man was 22. The affair allegedly occurred at Capital Gymnastics Center in Burke, police said.

On Tuesday, Christopher A. Ford, 24, of Haymarket turned himself in to Fairfax police and was charged with carnal knowledge of a minor.

Police said Ford coached at Capital Gymnastics and competed in tumbling events at the international level for Team USA Gymnastics between 2001 and 2007, according to the team’s Web site.

— Tom Jackman

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 17, 2010; 6:35 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Pr. William , Sex Crimes , Tom Jackman , Virginia  
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Here we go again! Another coach and another case of molestation. Why is it always the coaches? Unfortunately there is no way to prevent this type of thing from happening. We can only dole out the most server punishment available. When I think back to my days in high school, it was always the music teachers (pushing up on the students). Who knew that the freaks were also teaching in the GYM??

Posted by: JUDGEWRIGHT1 | March 18, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

And why did this reporter use the word "affair?" That wasn't an "affair." Abuse, yes. A crime, yes. Affair? Really? As if two consenting adults were sneaking around? Why does the Post insist on allowing their reporters to use this softer terminology when dealing with the sexual abuse and rape of children? Why do the reporters continue to do it? Are there really that many people who think that having sex with 13 year old is okay, that it's just another "affair?" It isn't the first time I've noted it in Post stories, and I'm afraid it won't be the last. No one else seems to be very concerned about it.

Posted by: IndolentCin | March 18, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

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