Ex-trainer charged in nude ‘fat test’ case

PROVIDENCE, RI — A successful Rhode Island high school basketball coach was criminally charged Thursday by authorities who say for years he asked male student-athletes to strip while alone with him so he can check their body fat.

Aaron Thomas, 55, who coached at North Kingstown High School from the 1990s until his resignation last year, faces charges of second-degree pedophilia and second-degree sexual assault, said Attorney General Peter Neronha and North Kingstown Police Chief Patrick Flanagan in a statement. .

The arraignment is scheduled for August 19.

Thomas, through his attorney, has denied any wrongdoing.

“Aaron Thomas categorically denies any criminal activity,” attorney John E. MacDonald said in a statement. “The sole purpose of the testing program was to improve the athletic performance of student-athletes at North Kingstown High School. The athletes have participated in this program for many years and have benefited greatly from it.”

Although Thomas allegedly performed the tests on multiple students, the charges relate to alleged sexual contact with two, authorities said. One was under 14 at the time of the alleged crime between September 2000 and February 2002, authorities said.

The other case dates back to some time between September 2019 and February 2020, they said.

The criminal investigation began in November and involved interviews with more than 30 former students, as well as teachers, coaches, administrators and medical professionals.

The former coach and the school are also facing legal action from several former students, and federal prosecutors are also investigating.

ABC News

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