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Former Apex gym coach faces molestation charges

Posted February 22, 2012

— A man convicted three years ago of molesting children at a Sanford gym has been charged with inappropriately touching two girls when he worked as a coach at an Apex gym, police said Wednesday.

Phillip Darryl Thompson, 35, of 3712 Stoney Glen Drive in Winston-Salem, was charged with four counts of indecent liberties with a minor. He was being held in the Forsyth County jail, and police said they expect to bring him back to the Triangle on Thursday.

Thompson was a coach at Impact Gym in Apex from early 2001 until the end of 2003, police said. The girls were 6 and 9 years old at the time of the alleged incidents.

Impact Gym is no longer in business.

Capt. Ann Stephens of the Apex Police Department said the two girls recently disclosed the allegations against Thompson, but she said it's unclear whether there were any other victims.

Thompson is a registered sex offender, having been convicted in Lee County in 2009 of two counts of sexual battery. That case involved a 6-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl while he was a coach at the Sanford Academy of Cheerleading, Martial Arts, Dance and Gymnastics.


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  • dontstopnow Feb 23, 2012

    To bad sex offenders are allowed to work in other places around children. And there is no statute of limitations in NC on Sex abuse cases. The children often do not want to talk about the abuse as young ones but when they get older, they prosecute the offender, which they should. Maybe these guys need to think about this when they THINK they have gotten away with such a horrible thing!

  • whateverhappens Feb 22, 2012

    It is my understanding that Sanford Academy was the gym that was actually responsible for putting this man in handcuffs and going to the police when the first child came forward (in 2008) regardless of the media coverage they new they would be facing! Good job to them for actually putting children's safety first!!

  • passport423 Feb 22, 2012

    redwidow wrote "ok, so he was convicted in 2009...and these other incidents happened before then, why are they just NOW bringing them up?"
    uh - because the traumatized children finally got old enough or brave enough to tell someone?

  • Frank Downtown Feb 22, 2012

    What? Isn't he on the sex offender's website and listed? Did the gym not check this?

  • UNC PH.d Feb 22, 2012

    "Touched how? Another wral sensationalism story without any facts or information."

    Bucky, what's your problem? This is a very standard, newsworthy story. They typically don't report much in cases of child abuse/molestation. What's "sensational" about it? Why do YOU want to know where the kids were touched? That's creepy man...

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  • Just the facts mam Feb 22, 2012

    Hopefully the statue of limitations have not run out...

  • kikinc Feb 22, 2012

    He wasn't convicted of any crimes until 2009. From the article, he worked in Apex from 2001-2003...BEFORE he got caught. Therefore, a background check wouldn't have picked anything up.

    I knew this guy from his time frequenting a restaurant in which I used to work. He used to come in with other people from the gym. Always gave me the creeps. An old coworker and I were talking about him when he was arrested back in 2008. Neither of us were surprised to hear.

  • braddavis Feb 22, 2012

    Touched how? Another wral sensationalism story without any facts or information.

    I could say the same thing on your responses to the stories about your friend in Cary.

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Feb 22, 2012

    ok, so he was convicted in 2009...and these other incidents happened before then, why are they just NOW bringing them up?

    And sneeziegal... the apex gym was before the sanford academy, so it would not show up on any background check.

    i have a feeling background checks wont be needed for this guy anytime soon. he should behind bars for awhile....