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Gaston Co. teacher, wrestling coach facing more than a dozen sexual assault charges

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GASTONIA, N.C. – An east Gaston County teacher and wrestling coach made his first appearance in court Wednesday afternoon.

Gary Goins is facing more than a dozen sexual assault charges, stemming from allegations he abused two boys in the late 90's and early 2000's.

The teacher made bond just before his court appearance. He showed up wearing his blue Warriors school shirt with dozens of family friends standing behind him.

Gary Scott Goins appeared in court, sporting his East Gaston High School colors.

He was arrested early Wednesday morning, as he prepared for one of the last days of the school year.

“Law enforcement has talked to many, many individuals who were wrestlers, a lot of who were witnesses and would be witnesses at trial as to what went on,” said Locke Bell, Gaston County district attorney.

Goins, a wresting coach and science teacher, is charged with six counts of indecent liberties with a student, eight counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of statutory sex offense.

The district attorney says Goins would travel with the wrestling team to other states such as Ohio and Florida for tournaments.

“It was on those trips that inappropriate sexual activity would occur,” said Bell.

The charges are said to have happened between May 1999 and June 2004 and it's possible some on campus.

“Scott and I have tried to communicate with law enforcement and work with them and have not come to a fruitful end at that point... He was arrested this morning without notice,” said Brent Ratchford, defense.

Investigators served several warrants, including one at Goins' school.

They say there were prior complaints by wrestlers to the school system, but this is Goins' first arrest.

The district attorney plans to present the case to the grand jury and expects a formal indictment.

Goins is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on June 24.

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