Former Cheerleading Coach Arrested, Accused of Molesting Child ‘Almost Daily’ for 2 Years

Former Cheerleading Coach Arrested, Accused of Molesting Child 'Almost Daily' for 2 Years
Former cheerleading coach charged with child molestation (Image: Screenshot/YouTube/WPRI)

Former Rhode Island cheerleading coach and “team mother” arrested for allegedly molesting a child “almost daily”

Alyshia Tkacs, 33, was arrested on Friday after the adult victim came forward, East Rhode Island Police said. The victim was between 12 and 14 years old when the abuse began in 2012, police said.

Tkacs, a competitive cheer coach, reportedly molested the victim “almost daily” throughout those 2 years in East Providence and Barrington, according to the victim.

Tkacs was a “team mother” at the Superior Cheer All Stars gym in East Providence when the purported abuse took place, according to the former gym owner. In the year 2018, the facility was closed.

“I do know (redacted) did not want Alyshia with (redacted) but later learned (redacted) continued to meet her at a park where Alyshia gave (redacted) gifts,” the gym owner, Dawn Castonguay, said in a statement.

“Never thought it was a molestation thing since they were still hanging out after they both left the gym.”

The Barrington Police Department is currently undertaking its own investigation into potential crimes committed in their town.

Tkacs was indicted by a grand jury on seven counts of child molestation. Police said she was arrested at her home in Cranston. A judge ordered her detention without bail.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for June 23.

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