A former cheerleading coach in Arizona accused of sexually abusing two girls has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Yohel Gattaz, 23, was originally charged with aggravated assault, sexual abuse and molestation of a child in connection with two 14-year-old girls he tried to engage in sexual contact at his home, according to court records cited by The Arizona Republic.
Gattaz pleaded guilty in February to reduced charges of four counts of attempted molestation of a child. He was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison, including 638 days already served.
Gattaz, who worked at a private gym in Scottsdale, was also sentenced to a lifetime of probation and must register as a sex offender, according to a spokesperson for the Maricopa County Superior Court.
Eric Contreras, the owner of Desert Storm Elite, where Gattaz worked for less than a year, said Gattaz passed a background check prior to his employment.
“We take very good care of our kids and our families,” Contreras told ABC 15. “It’s a safe place for children it always has been and always will be.”
Both girls told police that Gattaz touched them inappropriately during separate incidents. One girl said she tried to “roll away” from Gattaz, but he pulled her back toward him, ABC 15 reports.