Former Broomfield gymnastics coach charged in sex assault cases

BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Multiple counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust were filed Wednesday against a former Broomfield gymnastics coach.

The district attorney of the 17th Judicial District, Dave Young, said charges were filed against 32-year-old Robert Edward Barke.

The charges allege that Barke sexually assaulted two juvenile males 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 waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday and was bound over for trial in Broomfield County District Court. He will be arraigned June 20.

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.

Barke, who now lives in Houston, Texas, was arrested on March 27. He was released on $100,000 bond. Barke previously was a gymnastics coach in Grand Junction.

The Broomfield Police Department is seeking information about other potential witnesses or victims who have not yet come forward. Anyone with information should contact Detective Dale Hammell at 303-464-5733.