ORANGE, Calif. (KABC) — There are disturbing sexual assault allegations against a former trainer at an Orange County sports and rehab center, and the gym’s owner is breaking his silence.
The allegations implicate a former coach of Sports Training and Rehabilitation Services, STARSwhich uses the campus and grounds of Santiago Middle School to train in Orange.
However, this investigation stems from allegations that may have taken place in Santa Ana.
James David, founder of STARS, wants the public to know that these kinds of accusations will not be tolerated and that the safety of these children is their top priority.
“I have a stomach ache, I am disgusted, I am outraged” David said in an Instagram post respond to allegations of sexual misconduct against his former team member.
“Please understand that I will be with you all the way,” he said.
David said STARS has a zero tolerance policy for sexual misconduct and has severed all ties with the former coach.
At this time, Eyewitness News is not naming this person as no arrests have been made. However, Santa Ana police confirm that an investigation is underway into the sexual assault of a minor.
David, who is a father of five daughters, said at this time he could only support the alleged victims and their families.
“To the young girls who are speaking out and thinking about speaking out, I commend you. You are brave. I am with you and pray for justice.”
Additionally, David said STARS immediately implemented new protocols to ensure every child in its program is safe and feels protected.
He wants anyone who thinks they’ve been victimized by this coach to come forward.
“These poor little girls not only have to deal with this in private, but now in public, but I want to encourage you to keep talking, to keep sharing your story,” David said. “We will be with you guys.”
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