Former Broomfield gymnastics Robert Edward Barke coach awaits verdict in sex assault cases

BROOMFIELD - The trial against a former gymnastics coach accused of sexual assault on a child is wrapping up.

Robert Edward Barke is accused of sexually assaulting two boys from October 2004 to June 2007 while he was their gymnastics coach at Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics in Broomfield.

The victims were ages 12 and 14 at the time the alleged assaults began.

Barke is specifically charged with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust as a pattern of abuse, sexual assault on a child and unlawful sexual contact concerning the two victims.

Jury instructions and closing arguments were scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Barke was previously a gymnastics coach in Grand Junction.

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