TORONTO — A 25-year-old man who coaches cheerleading is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old squad member.
The 16-year-old member of Cheerforce Wolfpack in Oakville, Ont., contacted cops on Sunday to report the “inappropriate sexual relationship with a cheerleading coach at her training centre,” police said in a statement Wednesday.
Police arrested the Grimsby, Ont., man Tuesday. It is believed the two had been in a relationship for roughly four months.
Jonathan O’Brien is charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.
CheerForce said Wednesday morning that O'Brien is no longer employed with the company.
“We are shocked and saddened due to recent developments and are co-operating fully with the investigation,” the gym said on its Facebook page.
"We are all devastated here," co-owner Frank Vurro said. "We've never had anything like this happen and we've been dealing with quite a lot today."
Vurro would not confirm how long O'Brien had been with the gym.
O'Brien is scheduled to appear in court July 15.