A second victim of a cheer coach in the Katy area has come forward with allegations to Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office detectives concerning sexual abuse.
A woman contacted a detective with the Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, March 29, 2014 concerning something that happened to her when she was 15 years old. She told authorities that the owner of the gym, Devincent Phillips, now 40, made unwanted sexual contact with her when she was attending his cheer gym, Xcel Athletics, located in the Katy area.
The woman said she was assaulted at the gym, which was located in the 500 block of South Mason, and that after hearing about the first outcry from another individual, that’s when she decided to tell authorities what had happened to her at the same gym.
Phillips was arrested Thursday and taken to the Harris County Jail under a $30,000 bond.
In late October, 2013, a Fort Bend County girl made an outcry about assaults committed when she was a student at the gym. The actual assaults occurred in Harris County, where the suspect lives and where the gym is located. The case is now pending at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Detectives believe there could be more victims. If so, any other victims are asked to contact the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-3863 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477).