Cheer’s Monica Aldama, Navarro Named in Sexual Assault Lawsuit

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Navarro School and its head cheerleading coach, Monica Aldama, have been named in a lawsuit for allegedly concealing a sexual assault, Us Weekly can verify.

Navarro pupil — and a one-time member of Aldama’s squad — Madi Lane claimed in a courtroom submitting obtained by Us on Thursday, April 27, that she was sexually assaulted by a teammate throughout her first semester on the Texas faculty in 2021.

Lane additional alleged that she informed Aldama, 51, concerning the encounter however was urged by the coach to “not make this a giant deal.” Whereas Lane finally stop the cheer group, she claimed that the Dancing With the Stars alum supplied to assist her discover one other group if she stored “quiet” concerning the alleged misconduct. 

In accordance with the courtroom paperwork, Lane reported her assault to the campus police. She was allegedly informed that “one of these factor occurs on a regular basis” and “nothing will occur” with reference to her aggressor doubtlessly dealing with penalties.

Neither Navarro nor Aldama, who has labored for the academic establishment for almost 30 years, have publicly addressed the authorized battle. The Full Out writer, for her half, has deactivated her Instagram profile.

Navarro’s cheer group was beforehand on the middle of scandal when former pupil Jerry Harris was arrested on expenses of manufacturing of kid pornography after an FBI investigation. Harris, now 23, was additionally accused of soliciting intercourse from minors whereas at cheerleading competitions.

The Illinois native initially pleaded not responsible to seven felony expenses, together with 4 counts of sexual exploitation of kids, one depend of enticement, one depend of receipt of kid pornography and one depend of journey with the intent to interact in a bootleg sexual contact with a minor. Harris later modified his plea on two of the counts in February 2022 forward of his sentencing listening to. The Netflix persona was sentenced in July 2022 to 12 years in jail.

“To my victims, I’m sorry for all of the trauma my abuse has precipitated you. I’m ashamed as I do know that I took benefit of your youth and weak point,” Harris stated on the time. “I used to be improper and egocentric. I precipitated you hurt and I don’t blame anybody. I remorse my selections and I’m deeply sorry.”

Amid the scandal, Harris didn’t seem on season 2 of Cheer, which dropped on Netflix in January 2022. Nevertheless, Aldama and his former teammates did point out the controversy within the docuseries. 

“I can’t even wrap my head round how I ought to really feel. This has been a tricky yr,” Aldama stated through the season 2 premiere. “However then there are moments which can be so great. These little moments of success that maintain you coming again, simply the little issues that add up. … I maintain placing one foot in entrance of the opposite, each single day. I don’t have a selection.”

She continued on the time: “I was on the stage at Dancing With the Stars in gown rehearsal for our very first stay present [when I found out about Jerry’s arrest]. … I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I used to be already terrified. I did the present after which I went again to my trailer. I didn’t even need to have a look at my telephone as a result of I used to be scared. I didn’t need to hear anymore as a result of I used to be in such a weak place on the time with what I used to be going by, and I simply couldn’t take the load of all it.”

In case you or somebody you recognize are experiencing home violence, please name the Nationwide Home Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for confidential assist. When you’ve got skilled sexual assault, name the Nationwide Sexual Assault Phone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 for confidential assist.