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Montgomery County Gymnastics Instructor Charged With Sexually Assaulting Child

Erb told detectives the assault was like a game of "Am I going to get caught," court records show

A longtime gymnastics coach faces dozens of charges for allegedly sexually abusing a child in his care over a three year period. (Published Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016)

A youth gymnastics instructor from Montgomery County has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl over a three year span, prosecutors said.

Daniel Jacob Erb, 33, of Hatboro, was arraigned Friday on 48 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and related offenses, court records show.

Prosecutors allege the assault began when the girl was 8 years old and continued until she was 11.

A source with knowledge of the investigation said Erb spent time training children at half a dozen gyms across the Philadelphia area.

Daniel Jacob Erb pictured helping a young gymnast in York, Pennsylvania in 2008. (York Daily Record/Sunday News - Paul Kuehnel)
Photo credit: York Daily Record/Sunday News - Paul Kuehnel

Erb most recently worked at Tumble Kids Gymnastics in Wyndmoor, court documents showed. He also spent time at the Newtown Athletic Club at their summer camp, according to a letter posted online. The letter said Erb spent a decade working in the York area before moving into southeastern Pennsylvania.

According to a criminal affidavit, detectives said Erb admitted he would lay in bed with the victim and touch her inappropriately on top of her clothes. The touching eventually moved to skin-on-skin contact, prosecutors said.

Erb told detectives the assault was like a game of "Am I going to get caught," court records show.

Prosecutors believe there may be additional victims and ask anyone with information about the alleged assaults to contact Upper Moreland Township Police at 215.657.5700.

Erb is being held at the county prison on $500,000 cash bail. Court records did not list an attorney for him.

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