Bond increased for cheerleading coach accused of abusing girls

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 4 at 6:20 PM

 

MCKINNEY –– A Collin County judge ordered the bond for a former cheer coach accused of abusing three girls from $300,000 to $1.05 million during a hearing Thursday.

Kyle Ware, 30, was arrested by U.S. Customs agents on Wednesday while trying to board a plane to Paris, France at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. A detective testified that Ware had a passport, a driver's license and six cell phones on his person at the time of his arrest. 

The judge decided he was a flight risk and more than tripled his bond amount. 

Ware is charged with three counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14 years old. 

A Frisco detective testified at the hearing in McKinney that Ware contacted the victims as recently as two weeks ago.

"Obviously, the detective got some information from somewhere that Kyle had been in contact with some of these alleged victims," said Todd Shapiro, Ware’s attorney. "And if he had been, that's certainly an issue the court needs to address."

Police say the coach met the victims when he worked at Express Cheer and Dance more than two years ago. More recently he worked as a coach at Cheer Athletics in Plano. He was fired in May, 2012 after he allegedly sent an inappropriate text message to a student. Both businesses have said Ware passed background checks prior to his hiring. 

Dozens of parents came to the studio Thursday to hear police and studio owners address their fears and concerns.

"I've got two daughters who attend there, so I had to get a little more information to make sure I want them to continue going here," said a parent who attended the meeting, but asked for his name to not be used. 

A Frisco police spokesman attended the meeting. "Some of them are angry," said Sgt. Brad Merritt. "Some of them were saddened. It was just a mixed bag of emotions. People want answers."

The Frisco detective testified that Ware had been under investigation for the last year. Officers searched his home in Little Elm. The judge temporary sealed the arrest warrant documents while police continue their investigation.

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