Former owner of Kids In Motion gym in Washington, Piper Hoemann, was charged with one count of failure of a mandated reporter to report child abuse or neglect.
David Schneider was charged with 3 counts of child molestation after he was accused of inappropriately touching young girls while working as a volunteer gymnastics coach at Kids In Motion gym in Washington, MO.
WASHINGTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -
Police say a 47-year-old woman failed to report accusations of child abuse that occurred at her gym in 2014.
Prosecutors in Franklin County charged 47-year-old Piper Hoemann with one misdemeanor count of failure of a mandated reporter to report child abuse or neglect. Hoemann owned Kids In Motion Gym in the 2000 block of Highway A in Washington, Mo. before it closed earlier this year.
In February, volunteer gymnastics coach David Schneider was charged with three counts of molestation. The Washington Police Department said parents went to Hoemann as early as 2014 to tell her Schneider inappropriately touched young girls.
Detective Sergeant Steve Sitze told News 4, "So she had the responsibility to care for these children. And their parents on several occasions, several parents approached her with the concerns about what was going on and she did not report those as required by state law."
Sitze said Hoemann was considered a mandatory reporter of child abuse because she had the responsibility of caring for children in her role as gym owner.
"It's highly likely we could have less victims, if in 2014, if law enforcement and the Children's Division were involved in the investigation," said Sitze.
News 4 tried to talk with Hoemann but were turned away by family.
Failure to report child abuse is a class A misdemeanor, which carries a punishment of as much as a year in jail.
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