Frisco dance coach accused in sexual assaults arrested at D/FW

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by MARJORIE OWENS, STEVE STOLER and JOBIN PANICKER

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Posted on April 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 3 at 10:55 PM

FRISCO — A Frisco cheer and dance coach wanted on multiple sexual assault offenses was arrested Tuesday at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport after his name was listed on a flight headed to Paris, France.

Kyle Austin Ware, 30, was charged with three counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14 in Collin County, according to a statement released by Frisco police.

Police said the abuse lasted at least two years.

Ware worked as a coach at Express Cheer & Dance, where Frisco police said he met the victims and fostered relationships with them.

"He came in contact with the victims while he was employed at the Cheer gym, and that's where he cultivated the relationships," said Frisco police spokesman Officer Greg Barnett.

The owner of Express Cheer and Dance said Ware hasn't worked there in two years. Police said he had no criminal record and passed background checks when he was hired.

"Mr. Ware used his relationship with the children from his position as a coach to foster a relationship and then commit the crimes," Barnett said.

Ware also worked at Cheer Athletics in Plano as a tumbling coach from May 2011 to May 2012.

"I had no idea... none of us did... that there was anything like this," said Cheer Athletics owner Jody Melton.

Melton recalled that Ware came to her business with glowing recommendations. And then, last May, a coach caught a text message on Ware's phone — a conversation with a young athlete.

"It was very suspicious and inappropriate, and we confronted Kyle about it, and his answers were not satisfactory at all," Melton said.

He was fired last May after a year on the payroll. It is unclear whether the athlete involved in Plano is one of the three victims, but police can confirm that the abuse occurred in Frisco.

Cheer Athletics sent out letters to parents asking for any other victims to step forward. It also issued a statement standing by its background checks.

"Mr. Ware had no prior criminal history. There was nothing that would red-flag him to the Cheer facility," Barnett said.

Cheer Athletics did not report Ware to police. Melton said all they had was an inappropriate text.

But the owners did contact the athlete's parents. From there, Frisco police got involved and received statements from members of the Plano gym.

"I feel like we did everything that you could reasonably expect us to do," Melton said.

Ware is being held at the Collin County Jail on $300,000 bond.

Frisco police said Ware may face additional charges as they continue their investigation.

"There's always a possibility there could be more victims. One of the things we want to do is encourage parents who have children who were in contact with Mr. Ware, please talk to your children. If there's anything improper that did happen, please contact us and let us know," Barnett said.

Both studios sent letters to parents saying they're cooperating fully with the investigation.

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