Pine Belt gymnastics coach faces additional charges in Forrest County

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg area gymnastics coach arrested and charged with sex crimes involving underage girls has been denied bond.

Zachary Riley, 23, made his initial court appearance today (Thursday) in Purvis before Justice Court Judge Bill Anderson.

Anderson denied bond for Riley on two counts of statuatory rape and one count of child molestation.

Riley was booked into the Lamar County Jail and charged. He was arrested at his home in Sumrall Tuesday night by agents of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations.
District Attorney Jon Mark Weathers said Riley will be also be charged in Forrest County with one count of statutory rape, one count of sexual battery and two counts of touching for lustful purposes.

District Attorney Hal Kittrell said the Lamar County charges stemmed from instances which occurred in the latter part of 2008.

Child molestation carries a sentence of between two and 15 years; while statutory rape of a child under the age of 14 carries up to life in prison.

Riley will be held without bond until he goes before a Lamar County grand jury in February.