Twin cheerleaders from Texas filed a lawsuit Monday alleging their coach sexually abused them seven years in the past in two gyms the place they educated, a report mentioned.
Hannah and Jessica Gerlacher, now 22, claimed within the civil go well with filed in Travis County that former coach Jason McCartney began to abuse them at Cheer Athletics places in Plano and Frisco after Hannah suffered an damage, NBC DFW reported.
“What occurred to Hannah and Jessica as minors is inexcusable. They’ve needed to take care of numerous ache and trauma that they’ve needed to conceal,” Andrew Dao, an legal professional for the twins, advised the outlet.
The ladies, who’ve greater than 66,000 followers on Instagram, mentioned they got here ahead with the allegations to encourage others to talk up if they’ve confronted sexual abuse.
They’re looking for $10 million in damages.
McCartney remains to be teaching cheerleading at Cheer Athletics’ Austin location, in keeping with the report, and couldn’t be reached for remark from the information station.
In his on-line bio posted to the Cheer Athletics web site, McCartney says he strives to supply a protected surroundings for the athletes he coaches.
“I need to have the ability to create a spot that gives alternative, development, positivity, and experiences,” the submit says.
“A protected place for younger folks to authentically be themselves. A spot with out judgment or concern, a house away from residence,” it continues.
Jody Melton, a consultant of Cheer Athletics, advised NBC DFW that the group is investigating the allegations and mentioned the corporate had not been made conscious of them “throughout [the Gerlachers] years as athletes or within the almost six years since they left this system.
“Cheer Athletics stays steadfast in its dedication to athlete security, together with any improper contact between athletes and coaches and has a longtime monitor report of taking swift motion to deal with such allegations, together with making obligatory stories to regulation enforcement,” Melton mentioned.
“Cheer Athletics will proceed its investigation into the Gerlachers’ allegations as extra data is offered, and can vigorously defend itself to the extent any such claims are discovered to be with out benefit.”