NAPLES, Fla.- New allegations are surfacing against a former gymnastics coach as more teens from an East Naples gym come forward about his alleged inappropriate behavior.
Moises Renobato, 25, is currently in jail accused of attempting to meet up with someone who he believed to be a minor for sex.
Deputies with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office first learned about Renobato back in November when he was fired from the cheer gym for having inappropriate conversations with the girls.
“Some stuff that he has said to us has lead us to believe that he has a genuine interest in children, a sexual interest in children,” said Sgt. Wade Williams with CCSO.
Authorities say Renobato met the 14-year-old girl, who turned out to be an undercover detective, online.
“These crimes are very preventable,” Williams said. “I have never seen a case come across my desk where parents have a parental monitoring app installed on their childs device.”
Detectives highly recommend apps that can filter through everything on your child’s phone and even send you copies of their pictures and messages.
“When we’re talking about sex offenders most of them have little or no criminal history,” Williams said.
As a parent, Williams recommends being aware of the relationship children have with coaches or activity supervisors.
“The nature of their conversations, if they’re trying to create some kind of a special or private relationship with them,” Williams explained.
The Department of Children and Families also advises parents and caregivers take time to research and learn about the programs they are considering for their children.
- Researching the program’s health and safety policies and procedures
- Staff qualifications, training, experience and education
- The program’s license or accreditation