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Parkettes coach suspended for sexual misconduct allegation

Published June 07. 2019 01:58PM


ALLENTOWN (AP) — A coach at a well-known Pennsylvania gymnastics training center has been suspended by the sport’s governing body until a hearing on a sexual misconduct allegation.

USA Gymnastics tells The Allentown Morning Call that John Holman’s suspension, enacted May 30, is a requirement when such allegations are reported.

Holman has coached for about 40 years at Parkettes Gymnastics Club in Allentown. The club has trained thousands of gymnasts over the decades, including several Olympians.

Messages seeking comment left at the club and at the 66-year-old Holman’s home weren’t returned on Friday.

He’s not permitted to have “unsupervised contact with minors” during the suspension.

The allegation is being investigated by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the organization tasked with policing sexual abuse in Olympic sports.

No details about the allegation are given in the suspension notice.


Information from: The Morning Call,


The people have a right to know what is happening tax wise in Lehighton.

The evil regime of staff friendly board members are running the tax hike play book. As they cry wolf, hold onto your wallets.

Let me explain. 

In the past to justify things the Gym class for example was scheduled at lunch time. Classes cut, lost educational time etc. 

Now the gym space was open most of the morning but to cause pain to the students and parents the schedules were changed. How about the longer bus schedules? Stupid things line that. 

Now let's look at the new Hometown team playbook. 

Bathroom soap and hand towels shortages, leaking roof stories, the Fire police were cancelled for graduation. The district claimed that they "Couldn't afford the donation." $200. Stupid things like that.  

And the excuse? The "last guy" did "fill in the blank" wrong and now was have to raise the taxes. Dave Bradley's fault.  Well I found the medical claim payments documents that contradicts the $3.8M "medical claims" shortfall story.  

All create a story of mismanagement that taxpayers have to pay, for the children.  

And we pay, every year $40M, up from $28M for the same enrollment.

The administration, interest payments, contractors, staff and staff benefits get the bulk of it.  The teachers are pawns to the regime, beaten down, intimidated, and treated with respect by this in power. They toe the line, they have to. The immoral process that uses the children as pawns.  The favoritism for the 'cheat', the vulgar text, emails hidden, lawyers to hide the emails. Look at the Tkach email, Cleaver email and Howland, no wonder they circled the wagons on the email RTK. 

This year it was searching cars for 10 day suspension 10 days before graduation. Remember last year's strip search episodes on the last day of school? Power trips. See the trend yet? 

Power hungry, tax hungry. They hire the Solicitor without a bid, PSEA funds campaigns that elect the board that has spouses, family and friends on the district payroll. Contract negotiations are coming, who will have the citizens' back?

Cancelled the Fire Police for $200, tennis courts will be in the millions, football was how much again? I agree the district should not be using its ability role coordinate donations rather than taxes to fund extra services.  I offered $20 for the Fire Police so the district won't put the young students or community at risk doing a professionals work.  Just ridiculous, this year we have the power of undocumented hindsight.  

Now we all can see why they hate me, and the transparency I know that will disinfect this corrupt local government of rubber stampers offering blind trust to those they were elected to oversee. 


Citizen David F. Bradley Sr.

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