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* Sean Gilham Gymnastic Coach From Modesto Pleads Not Guilty To Child Molestation

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A gymnastics coach from the Central Valley pleaded not guilty in Santa Clara County Superior Court this morning to charges he molested a 17-year-old girl over the summer.Sean Gilham, 43, of Modesto, faces one count of felony false imprisonment and a misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a child, according to the district attorney’s office.The alleged crimes took place at a San Jose hotel, after a gymnastics competition June 24. Prosecutors allege Gilham followed the girl, a gymnast also from Modesto, into her hotel room, where he blocked the girl from leaving and molested her.Investigators believe the girl had experienced similar encounters with Gilham at his gym in Modesto over the past year. Investigators are also looking into the possibility of more victims.Gilham is scheduled to appear in court again Dec. 11, to set a date for a preliminary hearing.

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