Coroner: Indy gymnastics coach suffocated self in jail cell

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Marvin Sharp

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 21, 2015) – An Indianapolis gymnastics coach died by suffocating himself, the Marion County Coroner’s Office revealed Monday.

Two months ago, Marvin Sharp was found dead inside his cell at the Marion County Jail. The coroner’s office said Sharp died from asphyxiation and ruled his death a suicide.

Deputies found Sharp’s body in his cell on the evening of Sept. 19. He was being held on four counts of child molesting and three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor after authorities raided his northwest side home in August. Sharp, an accomplished gymnastics instructor, owned a gymnastics academy and coached Olympians Samantha Peszek and Bridget Sloan as well as several national and international teams.

During the August raid at Sharp’s home, authorities found a hard drive containing thousands of images of child pornography. The raid was launched after one of his former students told police that Sharp had fondled her during photo shoots and physical therapy sessions.

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