ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — A former gymnastics coach in Zionsville is in custody after being accused of inappropriate contact with a student dating back to January.
28-year-old Kenneth Andy Arnold currently faces two charges of child molestation and one charge of battery.
He was taken into custody at 4:40 a.m. Thursday morning.
According to court documents, there were reports that Arnold inappropriately touched three female students multiple times.
Arnold told police that touching is common and it’s possible for him to touch students by accident while he is spotting them. He said “I just apologize and move on.”
Arnold’s former employer, InterActive Academy released a statement, saying:
In January 2016, InterActive was contacted by law enforcement regarding a parent’s allegations that one of our coaches, Andy Arnold, had improper contact with a student during practice. Since that time Mr. Arnold has not been at our facility, and he is no longer employed by InterActive Academy. We promptly informed parents about the situation, as our first priority is to ensure the health and well-being of the children and families we serve.
InterActive cooperated fully with law enforcement during the investigation of these allegations. We have confidence in the criminal justice system and will continue our full cooperation with the involved authorities. We do not have any additional information to add at this time.
InterActive met with Arnold about the concerns and said it was “necessary to watch every movement when it comes to touching kids. Spotting skills only when necessary. No holding, hugging, touching athletes to tell them to tighten up. No tickling or carrying kids on back.”
Arnold is currently being held in Boone County Jail without bond.
We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.