Married university gymnastics coach arrested after he was caught having sex with an 18-year-old student in a parked car

The gymnastics coach has quit in disgrace and will face court after engaging in a sex act with an 18-year-old university team gymnast in a carpark.


                            Married university gymnastics coach arrested after he was caught having sex with an 18-year-old student in a parked car

A university gymnastics coach was arrested for reportedly engaging in sexual intercourse with an 18-year-old team member in a parked car outside an apartment building. 39-year-old Scott Vetere and 18-year-old Sydney Blair Townsend were arrested on October 8 after they were caught having sex in a car outside an apartment complex in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Law enforcement authorities refused to go into further detail about the arrest and simply stated that the pair were engaged in a sex act.

That said, Vetere, a married father-of-three, was the teenager's gymnastics coach at the University of Michigan. Townsend, a member of the Canadian Senior National Gymnastics team, was arrested with her coach for indecent or obscene exposure and the duo are now facing 90 days in jail and a $500 fine if convicted, Daily Mail reports.

Scott Vetere (University of Michigan)
Scott Vetere (University of Michigan)

A week after Vetere's arrest on October 15, he resigned from his job but has not addressed the allegations publicly as yet. According to the university, the gymnastics trainer was relieved of his duties two days before he put down his papers. However, they haven't confirmed whether Townsend would face disciplinary action.

Speaking to Daily Mail, a source claimed an investigation has been launched looking into Vetere's overall conduct. The freshman, on the other hand, is due to be arraigned on November 5. Vetere's next court appearance is scheduled for November 14 after he was arraigned on October 19. The coach was immediately suspended after his arrest, a spokesman for the University of Michigan told the outlet.



 

In a statement, a spokesman said: "Mr. Vetere was immediately suspended the day we learned about the incident (Oct. 10). He resigned from his position Oct. 15 during the disciplinary review process. We are confident this was an isolated incident and that with his departure, it will not be repeated. We do very thorough background searches for every employee here."

According to Vetere's professional profile, he is a former student of the university but has also trained multiple members of the US National Gymnastics team, including one "Olympian".

Back in 1999, he competed in the World Championship Team Trials for the US National Team and was also a substitute for the Olympic team in the 2000 trials. Having said that, the university claimed it had never received any complaints about Vetere's conduct until now.