Nov 6, 2015 7:47 PM
Epsom gymnastics coach charged with sex crime involving a minor at Hooksett gym
HOOKSETT - Police have arrested an Epsom man who worked as a coach at a gymnastics facility, charging him with a sex crime involving a minor child at the gym.
Cameron Beaton, 23, turned himself into police around 2 p.m. on Friday.
Police say they began investigating an alleged sexual assault in late October at the USA Ninja Challenge, where Beaton worked as a coach. He was subsequently put on leave.
“This case was fast moving and we want the public to be aware that this incident appears to be isolated to this location, but we want to encourage anyone who thinks they may have knowledge about this suspect or this case to contact Hooksett Police Detectives at 603-624-1560,” Chief Peter Bartlett said.
USA Ninja Challenge responded with the following statement Friday:
“We were shocked to learn of these allegations. The safety and well-being of our students is always our highest priority.
"Specific protocols are in place to prevent what is being alleged and all of our instructors receive training on how to properly support children on climbing walls and other equipment.
"Regarding the alleged incident, we were not told by the student or contacted by the parents about any inappropriate action. We had no reason to believe that anything occurred until we were notified late last week when contacted by the police.
"We have suspended the instructor in question pending the investigation. We have cooperated fully with investigators and will continue to,” said spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne.
Beaton was charged with one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault. He was released on $4,000 personal recognizance bail, with conditions prohibiting him for working or volunteering at any facility involving minor children.
Beaton is scheduled to be arraigned at the 6th Circuit Court in Hooksett on Dec. 16.