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Youth gymnastics coach arrested, accused of sexual activity with student

By Pat Reavy, Deseret News | Updated - Jan. 13, 2021 at 6:52 p.m. | Posted - Jan. 13, 2021 at 9:36 a.m.

LAYTON — A youth gymnastics coach in Layton has been arrested and accused of having illegal sexual conduct with a student.

Kelly Christian Brown, 31, of Layton, was booked into the Davis County Jail on Tuesday for investigation of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of dealing in harmful materials to a minor.

Brown was a coach at North Davis Gymnastics, 1052 W. Hill Field Road. He is accused of inappropriately touching and sending explicit pictures to a girl starting in 2018 when she was 15, according to a police booking affidavit.

The girl recently disclosed to police and her family that "she had been sexually abused multiple times over the last several years by her gymnastics coach," the affidavit states. She was interviewed Tuesday at the Children's Justice Center in Farmington and revealed that Brown would inappropriately touch her while helping her stretch at practice, according to police.

They "often spoke in a sexual nature at gymnastics practice" and he often asked her to remove her leotard during private lessons, the affidavit states.

Brown would tell the girl "that he could not wait until she was 18 so they could have sex together" and "would tell her he wished they lived in Russia where sex with 16-year-olds was legal," according to the affidavit.

He also sent the girl at least two pictures of his genitals, according to police.

Layton police arrested Brown at the gym on Tuesday. When interviewed by detectives, he told them "that a few years ago, he had a drinking problem and knew that he had made some mistakes," the affidavit states, adding that he also indicated he knew police "wanted to speak with him about a relationship he had with an underage female."

Brown was "adamant in his denial," however, that he inappropriately touched the girl, the affidavit says.

"Based on Kelly's position as a coach at the gym, he has frequent access to underage females and has shown a propensity for sexual attraction to them. Kelly acknowledged his mistakes with (the girl) and denied having any other similar instances with any victims," according to the affidavit.

North Davis Gymnastics owner Kimberly Daniels issued a prepared statement Wednesday night saying that Brown was immediately fired after his arrest.

"Prior to his arrest, North Davis Gymnastics had no knowledge of any malfeasance on the part of Mr. Brown. NDG does not allow coaches to engage in inappropriate contact or be alone with students, and was unaware Mr. Brown was violating not only these policies, but the law.

"We unequivocally condemn the despicable conduct of which Mr. Brown is accused, and applaud the courage of the gymnast who brought it to light," Daniels said.

Daniels said the gym has already taken steps to prevent any future abuse and will "vigorously enforce the USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Policy and monitor all staff and student activity accordingly."

Pat Reavy


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