Cheerleading coach accused of molestation

March 28, 2008 4:00:30 PM PDT
Back in February, a teenager reported being victimized by her cheerleading coach. Since then police found two more teens who say the same thing happened to them. The doors of the Champion Showtyme All-Star Cheerleaders are locked while the cheerleading school is apparently away on spring break.

One of its coaches, 22-year-old Christopher Plumley, remains behind, jailed on charges he sexually assaulted some of his students.

"At this time we have three victims that have come forward. All are juveniles alleging acts of sexual assault," said Chief Det. Thomas Sullivan.

The victims are 14 and 15-year-old girls. All attend the Williamstown, New Jersey cheerleading school, which is officially Cheer Central Unlimited.

The incidents allegedly occurred at the school and at a facility in Gloucester Township between November 2006 and February 2008, when Showtyme reportedly fired Plumley.

At a neighboring, but unrelated gymnastics school under construction, news of the allegations is disturbing.

Its manager relies on criminal background checks to prevent abuse of his students.

"What needs to happen, if he's guilty, is he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law because our job is to protect," said Randy Smith.

Plumley lives in New Castle, Delaware. Someone who answered his door declined to talk with Action News bureau chief Johnnie Braxton.

Police have found no criminal record for Plumley, but another possible victim has called as well as a former employer who runs a cheerleading business. That person told investigators that he fired Plumley for suspicion of similar allegations, but did not report it to police.

"That does not solve the problem. It just means you're pushing the problem somewhere else. Because you let him go here, this person may raise their head in another area," said Smith.

Police suspect Plumley had at least two other employers and wonder if there are more victims. Plumley is jailed in lieu of $300,000 cash bail.

A conviction could carry 100 years in prison. Because of New Jersey law, the penalty for violating children is stiffer if you're charged with their care.