LAKEWOOD, Ohio — A part-time wrestling coach at St. Edward's High School has been indicted on multiple charges including rape, attempted rape and a slew of others for allegedly assaulting two team members of the wrestling team.
According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, Daniel Gonsor, 30, is charged with the following:
- 1 count of Rape
- 2 counts of Attempted Rape
- 2 counts of Sexual Battery
- 2 counts of Felonious Assault
- 2 counts of Endangering Children
- 2 counts of Corrupting Another With Drugs
- 9 counts of Gross Sexual Imposition
According to court records, the incidents occurred between June 2015 and July 2019.
Gonsor, who also works as a Cleveland firefighter, has been suspended without pay, according to the Cleveland police department.
“Gonsor violated his position of authority and trust and he will be held accountable,” said Prosecutor Michael O’Malley.
Gonsor will have a pre-disciplinary hearing with the Director of Public Safety in the near future at which point his employment status will be determined, according to a police spokesperson.
St. Edward's released the following statement on Gonsor's indictment:
"Earlier today, a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury indicted Dan Gonsor, a former part-time wrestling coach at St. Edward High School. This indictment is the result of a criminal investigation that began when one of our families informed us that Mr. Gonsor had engaged in inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature with student athletes. We immediately alerted law enforcement, suspended him, and instructed him to have no contact with students, parents, or other members of the St. Ed’s community. His employment has since been terminated.
We have cooperated fully with the investigation, and encouraged others in our community to do so as well. We are very grateful to those who came forward to report this, and for those who cooperated with the investigation that led to these charges. We work very hard at St. Ed’s to create a culture of transparency and support around these issues, and recognize the courage it takes to speak up against wrongdoing.
St. Ed’s requires that all employees, including part-time coaches, participate in VIRTUS training to protect children and students against sexual abuse. We encourage anyone who is aware of inappropriate behavior to report their concerns to a trusted adult.
We continue to pray for those in our community who were affected by abuse."