Former Michigan gymnastics coach charged with first-degree sexual assault of minors

If convicted, he faces the possibility of life in prison.
Published: May. 25, 2023 at 6:15 PM EDT
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KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WILX) - The man accused of sexually abusing children while working as a gymnastics coach in Kent County was formally charged Thursday.

Shannon Guay, 49, was extradited back to Michigan after being arrested on May 10 in Florida. He is accused of sexually assaulting several girls at gymnastics centers in the Grand Rapids area between 2006 and 2008.

Background: Former Michigan gymnastics coach arrested for multiple counts of sexual assault

The girls range in age from four to 14 years old.

He was reportedly known as “Coach Jake” and worked at gymnastics, martial arts, and dance studios across West Michigan from 1990 through 2010.

Guay was charged with six counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and seven counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. His bond was set at $500,000.

If convicted, he faces the possibility of life in prison. He is expected to return to court June 14.

Authorities believe there could be more victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kent County Sheriff’s Office at 616-632-6125.

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