Climbing Coach Arrested for Sex Assault

Man reportedly confesses to contact with teen

Climbing complaint

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A prominent Maryland coach who headed up USA Climbing's youth team has reportedly confessed to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl at the climbing gym where he worked. Mike Lyons, 31, was arrested on Monday afternoon at Earth Treks location in Columbia, Maryland, where the assaults allegedly took place. According to a criminal complaint, Lyon's engaged in sex acts with the girl, a competitive climber on the Earth Treks team, between April and June of this year, with the most recent incident occurring 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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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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