MARIETTA, Ga. – The Stingray Allstars cheerleading gym in Marietta is the subject of a federal lawsuit after a teenager claims he was raped by a coach.
According to the lawsuit, the 15-year-old boy, named John Doe, was recruited by the gym and moved to Cobb County from Ohio in 2020. He lived with one of the gym’s trainers.
At some point, the victim and the trainer who was staying with him went to the apartment of an 18-year-old trainer at the gym where he was raped, the lawsuit alleges.
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The lawsuit says the sexual assault became public at the gym, but none of the employees or adults reported it to police.
The teenager was later solicited for sex by several other athletes and even received a photo of an adult cheerleader’s genitals.
To cope with the assault, the lawsuit says John Doe began abusing alcohol. One of the coaches pulled him aside and told him to stop drinking because of his “bad reputation” because of “you know what happened to you know who.”
The assault was not reported to the police until the child’s mother found out in September 2022.
The lawsuit goes on to allege that the gym and the USA All Star Federation did not do enough to protect its underage athletes, including John Doe.
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