A prominent Maryland climbing coach who headed up USA Climbing's youth team has reportedly confessed to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Mike Lyons, 31, was arrested Monday afternoon at Earth Treks gym in Timonium, Maryland, where he worked as an instructor. The assaults allegedly took place at another Earth Treks in the nearby town of Columbia. According to a criminal complaint, Lyons engaged in sex acts with the girl, a competitive climber on the Earth Treks team, between April and June of this year, most recently two weeks ago during a team sleepover. Besides working with USA Climbing, Lyons had been in charge of Earth Treks' climbing programs for children ages 6-18; the gym has since fired him. "Clearly too much trust was placed in the hands of one person, who manipulated systems and people with great cunning," Earth Treks' founder Chris Warner wrote on the gym's website.
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