After Jefferson Parish sentence, gymnastics coach now faces sexual abuse charges in St. Charles

Jonathan West, the former gymnastics coach who last week was sentenced to 65 years in prison after pleading guilty in Jefferson Parish to charges that he sexually abused several boys, has been transferred to Nelson Coleman Correctional Center to answer charges in St. Charles Parish.

West, 28, is charged with four counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile while committing a felony act, misdemeanor sexual battery, oral sexual battery and 15 counts of sexual battery, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. James Grimaldi said West allegedly had sexual involvement with 13 juvenile victims, two of those specific to St. Charles Parish, while 11 had crimes that occurred in St. Charles Parish as well as Jefferson Parish.

West worked at Flipnastics, a Luling tumbling facility, and at New Orleans Outlaws, a cheerleading and training academy in Kenner. He’s accused of sexually abusing children at both sites, and while driving students from the Kenner facility to the Luling one. He reportedly gave private lessons at both facilities.

The abuse is alleged to have occurred over a two-year period, involving males 8 to 15 years of age.
In Jefferson Parish, West pleaded guilty to nine counts of indecent behavior with juveniles, eight counts of sexual battery, two counts of oral sexual battery, three counts of behavior with a juvenile under 13 and computer-aided solicitation of a minor under the age of 13.

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