Man charged in sex assault of boy, girl worked as local swim coach for years

Man charged in sex assault of boy, girl worked as local swim coach for years

Man charged in sex assault of boy, girl worked as local swim coach for years

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 3:24 PM

(KMOV) – A 32-year-old Ballwin man accused of sexually assaulting a boy and girl on separate occasions worked as a swimming and water polo coach in Manchester for more than a decade.

Bryan Ziegler was charged Wednesday with two counts of first-degree child molestation and five counts of statutory sodomy.

According to court documents, Ziegler placed his hand on a boy’s genitals at his home between Aug. 1, 2012 and April 27.

During that same time period, prosecutors said Ziegler touched inappropriately touched a girl at a Ballwin apartment. Authorities said he then sexually assaulted the same girl at Queeny Park on June 7.

Both victims were under 12 years old.

Ziegler, a former Boy Scout and current Boeing engineer, had contact with hundreds of children at the Manchester Aquatic Center.

According to the Manchester Stingrays water polo team website, Ziegler is listed as one of the team coaches. His own LinkedIn profile page says he coached swimming and water polo for the city of Manchester for 16 years, though News 4 has learned he is not coaching this summer.

Manchester City Administrator Andy Hickson, who is responsible for all city employees, refused to talk about Ziegler’s employment or what’s being done to respond to parents concerns citing an investigation.

Bond for Ziegler, who remains on the loose, was set at $50,000.

 

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