French determine skating champ faces felony cost in Florida for allegedly sending intimate photographs to minor — RT Sport Information
Well-known French couple skater Morgan Ciprès is charged with sexual abuse brought forward by the family of an underage girl who trained with him on the same rink.
Florida prosecutors have filed a criminal offense against Ciprès, who allegedly sent pictures of his penis to a 13-year-old girl in 2017 as he and skating partner Vanessa James prepared for the 2018 US Winter Olympics.
An arrest warrant has been issued for the skater, according to USA Today. His crime is reported as a third degree crime that can result in up to five years in prison.
The controversial incident, which led to a major scandal at the time, occurred in December 2017 when the 2019 European champion allegedly sent two lewd photos to a 13-year-old skater who was training at the same Florida ice rink.
According to local reports, a trainer at the Advent Health Center’s rink, Vinny Dispenza, had asked the girl and her teammate – another underage girl – to message Ciprès asking him to send the photos in exchange for a pizza that Dispenza would pay for him to.
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The skater sent two insightful photos from his verified Instagram account. This sparked independent investigations by the US authorities and the US Center for SafeSport, which combats all forms of abuse in sports.
Ciprès’ coaches, John Zimmerman and Silvia Fontana, were reportedly aware of the incident and tried to prevent the girl’s family from reporting the abuse as it negatively prepared the skaters for the Winter Games, where they finished fifth could have influenced.
The girl and her family’s attorney, Andrea Lewis, said the indictment was “the first step towards justice for the victim and her family. No child should ever have to go through anything like this. In filing crimes against Morgan Ciprès, the state of Florida sent a clear message to him and other men who hunt children. “