Indy Basketball Trainer Accused of Fondling Underage Students
INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis basketball trainer faces more than a dozen charges after being arrested and accused of sexual misconduct with several underage girls.
Indy Metro Police began investigating the behavior of Shon Bolden, a trainer at Shoot 360 Indianapolis, after two victims told officers he had touched them inappropriately
Bolden faces 15 charges including battery, sexual misconduct with a minor, strangulation and child seduction.
According to court documents, Bolden fondled, groped, or rubbed himself up against several female students at Shoot 360 over the course of several years. In at least one instance, Bolden is accused of rubbing a student's throat; he told the girl that he was doing it to relieve "muscle tightness" and help with training.
When Shoot 360 Indianapolis first learned of allegations involving Shon Bolden, we put him on administrative leave. After additional information surfaced, he was let go. Our primary responsibility is to ensure a safe, healthy environment for our members to train and compete in basketball. In response to this situation, Shoot 360 has increased security at our facilities and intensified training of employees. We conduct thorough background checks of employees and potential employees. We design our training facilities with 360-degree views and maintain security cameras 24 hours per day.
We deeply regret what has happened. Our mission is to advance the game of basketball in a positive and fun way – and in a safe environment. We are redoubling our commitment to that mission.
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