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Suspended USA Gymnastics coach Terry Gray facing lewdness with a minor charges

Terry Gray, who was suspended from coaching by USA Gymnastics in 2018 and by the U.S. Center for SafeSport in 2019, was arrested Friday by police in Las Vegas and charged with multiple counts of lewdness with a minor.

Gray coached in Las Vegas from 2009 to 2015 and faces 14 counts of lewdness with a minor under the age of 14 in Las Vegas, according to The New York Times. Stephen Wolfson, the district attorney of Nevada's Clark County, told the Times that, if convicted, Gray could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Wolfson said that in Nevada the lewdness charge involves a victim being touched "with the intent of arousing or appealing or gratifying the victim or the offender."

Gray is being held without bail and has a court appearance scheduled for Monday, according to the Times.

Gray coached at gyms in California, Nevada and Ohio and "is somebody who coached national team athletes, world champion athletes and Olympic athletes," attorney John Manly told the Times. Manly represents gymnasts suing USA Gymnastics over sexual abuse by Larry Nassar, who is serving a prison sentence of 40 to 175 years for those crimes.

While suspended by USA Gymnastics and being investigated by SafeSport, Gray had continued working with underage gymnasts in Temecula, California, according to the Southern California News Group.

SafeSport suspended Gray for two years in October 2019 for sexual misconduct involving a minor.