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A A former cheerleading coach was arrested last week after being accused of sexual abuse by one of her underage students.Rhode Island police reported.
Alyshia Tkacs, 33, was charged with five counts of first-degree child abuse and two counts of second-degree child abuse..
According to court documents, the victim was a minor when Tkacs was her trainer.
The The victim told investigators in Rhode Island that Tkacs abused her multiple times over a two-year period, with the alleged abuse beginning when the victim was 12 years old..
The victim claimed the abuse occurred almost daily, police said.
“The victim reported that the sexual assaults occurred in East Providence and Barrington, over a two-year period and occurred almost daily,” Lt. Michael Rapoza said.
Tkacs, a nurse at Woman & Infants Hospital, was suspended without pay, the DailyMail newspaper reported.
The hospital is owned by Care New England, which released a statement through its spokeswoman, Raina Smith.
“Care New England did pre-employment background checks and they were clean. She has been suspended indefinitely without pay and has been denied access to our campus,” she said.
“We take the care and safety of our community very seriously, which is why we took immediate action when notified.”
Veronica Seavey, who attended nursing school with Tkacs, shared her disbelief with WJAR.
“It just didn’t seem like something she would do, and she had a daughter that age,” Seavey said.
“I just had a baby three and a half months ago and she was my nurse at Women & Infants.
“You just can’t trust anyone,” Seavey said.
In a statement, Cheerfactor, a Rhode Island gym where Tkacs’ daughter trains, revealed that Tkacs never trained there.
“Please note that Alyshia Tkacs has never trained, instructed, or been employed in any capacity by Cheerfactor or any of its affiliated gyms or programs. Her daughter participates, and that is her only affiliation with the program, as the mother of an all-star cheerleader,” the gym said.
Tkacs was being held without bail during her arraignment and is scheduled to return to court Thursday. The investigation is still ongoing, authorities said.
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