Jonathan West

Jonathan West, 26, of Kenner

A seventh boy in Jefferson Parish has come forward to accuse a local gymnastics coach of sexual misconduct, according to authorities.

Jonathan West, who has been jailed since last month, was booked on an additional count of indecent behavior with a juvenile by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, said spokesman Lt. Jason Rivarde. 

The boy making the latest accusation is 15 but was 13 when he was abused by West, according to Rivarde, who declined to elaborate on the newest case. 

Investigators have alleged that West, 26, masturbated in front of some victims, sent sexually explicit images to others and asked for a picture of one’s genitals. Deputies have alleged that some of the abuse took place while West drove them to practice.

He is also facing accusations in St. Charles Parish. Authorities there say he abused two children at Flipnastics studio in Luling, where he once worked. 

In all, West is accused of 10 counts of sexual battery and four counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile in Jefferson. He is suspected of three counts of sexual battery, one count of oral sexual battery and two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles in St. Charles.

Deputies in Jefferson arrested West on May 31 after speaking with four of the boys. More victims came forward after news of his arrest spread, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Kenner man could face years in prison and having to register as a sex offender if he’s eventually convicted.

Court records show West was accused of raping a woman in Uptown New Orleans in 2011 and of sexually abusing a 3-year-old boy in Kenner the following year. Neither case resulted in an indictment or trial.

West remained behind bars in Gretna on Thursday in lieu of bail exceeding $190,000.

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