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Gymnastics coach charged with inappropriately touching students

Updated: 01/30/2014 6:53 PM | Created: 01/30/2014 1:18 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

48-year-old Russell Glanton is accused of inappropriately touching several of his young gymnastics students, but he claims he was just training the child who made the accusations.

Glanton faced a judge Thursday, accused of criminal sexual contact with a minor. Video from his Facebook page shows Glanton working with young gymnasts at ABQ Tumbling and Trampoline near 12th and Mountain.

The gym has been open for three years, but Glanton has been coaching for more than twenty.

A criminal complaint says on January 18, one of his young students told family members he put his fingers under her clothes during class. Police talked to her two days ago, and she told them she felt violated, naming five other girls she believed went through the same thing.

A judge said Glanton may not return to the gym until the case is closed and set his bond at $10,000 cash only.

Police are asking parents with concerns about their own children to call a hotline they’ve set up at 505-659-6686.

Glanton told police his hands may have gone under the child’s clothes, but claims it wasn’t sexual and that he was just spotting the student. That’s a term for helping a gymnast with their form.

48-year-old Russell Glanton is accused of inappropriately touching several of his young gymnastics students.

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