Teacher, wrestling coach accused of child sex crimes

Credit: Gaston County Jail

Gary Scott Goins

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Updated Saturday, Dec 7 at 8:20 PM

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. -- An educator and athletics instructor was arrested on Wednesday morning on more than a dozen child sex charges.

Gary Scott Goins, 44, of Gastonia, was arrested by Gaston County Police and booked in to the Gaston County Jail around 8 a.m.

According to jail records, Goins is charged with 14 felony counts of indecent liberties, six with a student, and eight with a child, and one felony county of statutory rape of a minor 6 years of age or older.

Goins is an employee at East Gaston High School. According to the school's website, Goins' instructional duties include both regular and honors earth and environmental science and physical science. Goins is also a wrestling coach. The school suspended him with pay pending an investigation.

Authorities say the alleged offenses took place between May 1, 1999 and June 15, 2004.

Gaston Police tell NBC Charlotte that some of the incidents took place at the school, and the charges are based on allegations by two victims, both minors at the time the crimes were allegedly committed.

Goins is still incarcerated.

The bonds on the 15 charges against him total $100,000.

Police say the investigation into Goins began months ago.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled for June 24, unless he is indicted, which the district attorney expects will happen.

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