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Former York gymnastics instructor accused of sexually assaulting girl

Christopher Dornblaser
505-5436/@YDDornblaser

A former York County gymnastics instructor is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl, according to a news release from the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

Daniel Jacob Erb, 33, of Hatboro, Montgomery County, is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor and other charges related to the alleged assault, according to the release. The charges were filed Friday.

Erb, a gymnastics instructor, sexually assaulted the girl multiple times from the time she was 8 years old until she was 11, while he was in a caretaker role for her, the release states.

Erb was previously an instructor at Gymnastics of York, and he left the position more than a year ago, according to a statement on the company's Facebook page.

"While what happens in someone else's house can never be under our control, we are deeply saddened by this appalling crime and have great sympathy for the family involved," the statement says.

Erb's alleged crimes were not associated with his job there, and a background check was conducted and revealed no prior criminal history, according to the statement.

According to an August 2016 letter posted on the website for Newtown Athletic Club out of Bucks County, Erb trained for nearly 10 years at Gymnastics of York under owner Chris Aldous before becoming a coach there.

Aldous did not return a call for comment Saturday.

Erb remains in Montgomery County Prison in lieu of $525,000, according to online court records.

Online court records indicate Erb also was charged with two counts each of endangering child welfare, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, and one count of corruption of minors on Aug. 2, and was sent to Montgomery County Prison on Aug. 3 in lieu of $25,000 bail. It is not clear if those charges are related to the charges filed Friday. Bail was set at $500,000 for Friday's charges, according to court records.

According to the release, he was ordered by the judge to have no contact with minors.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact Upper Moreland Township Police Detective Francis Gallagher at (215) 657-4700.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.