Family Suing Georgetown Gymnastics Center
With the help of The Carlson Law Firm’s Robert Ranco, one Williamson County family is suing a Georgetown gymnastics center after a former employee plead guilty to sexually assaulting their child at a summer camp held at the gym back in 2010.
The parents of the young child didn’t find out about the assault until years later, when they received a call from the FBI. The bureau was investigating 29-year-old Ryan Bradley Pitts, a former coach at the AcroTex Gym after discovering that Pitts was sharing child pornography on peer to peer file sharing software.
According to the FBI, Pitts sexually assaulted six children, ages three to 10, and took pictures and videos of his assaults.
At the time of his arrest, the offender was caught with almost 23,000 images and videos of child pornography on his computer.
Pitts pleaded guilty in August 2015 to six counts of producing child pornography and was sentenced to 60 years in prison.
Now, the family of the young victim wants answers.
“This employee of theirs was able to, during hours of operation, videotape himself picking up this 3-year-old girl, carry her from room to room, close the door and perpetrate the sexual assault. All under their watch, while other people were present,” says Ranco.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, alleges AcroTex Gymnastics was negligent. It says the employer should have done background checks on employees and should have trained its employees to recognize suspicious behaviors.
According to Ranco, if the gymnasium had been certified as a child care facility, this could have been prevented. However, according to a Department of Family and Protective Services spokesperson, AcroTex is exempt from being licensed because they do not meet the definition of a “day camp” or that of a fully functioning child care facility.
The spokesperson also said that Texas does not require licensing for sports instruction so employers aren’t required to complete state or federal background checks on employees.
- Written by Jill Fowler