- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) - A former Broomfield gymnastics coach has been acquitted of sexually assaulting two boys.

Thirty-three-year-old Robert Barke was found not guilty on all counts after a weeklong trial.

The Denver Post reports (https://dpo.st/1lILtkY ) that Barke began to cry when the verdict was read, and his family and friends smiled.

Barke declined to comment on the trial, but thanked his family and friends who came to the courthouse to support him. Before leaving the courtroom, the group said a short prayer of thanks.

He told the group he was relieved and happy to “get my life back.”

Barke has denied any sexual involvement with the alleged victims, now 21 and 22 years old.


Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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