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Tumbling/Gymnastics Club in Charleston Padlocked – Investigation Underway –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On March 27, 2015

Charleston, IL. (ECWd) –

UPDATE: 3-27-2015 @ 4:14 p.m.

This is what the reporter received from the Illinois State Police: “The building was locked by law enforcement – a video camera was involved – is was in the children’s changing room area – and there is an active investigation.” They would say nothing else.

With that said, my own thoughts are that since the place is open for business again, one could conclude that the owners / workers still working there had absolutely nothing to do with this situation. Otherwise, why would it be allowed to open again?

End of update

—–Original Article————

Allegations are there was a videotaping device found in the changing rooms where the tumbling/gymnastics children change their clothing.

No charges have been filed yet and the Illinois State Police, Zone 5 is investigating.

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  • JC
    Posted at 19:30h, 27 March

    do you have any more information about this or know where i could find more reliable information???

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 20:18h, 27 March

      I posted what was quoted from the State Police. Other than that, you’ll have to wait until something else comes out or another organization writes about it.

  • Angela Mason
    Posted at 21:11h, 27 March

    I’m puzzled as to why people don’t believe ISP is a reliable source…

    • Unknown
      Posted at 10:16h, 31 March

      unless you hear the facts from the police themselves never believe them. you are hearing second hand information that very well could be twisted around…

      • jmkraft
        Posted at 11:01h, 31 March

        My update included the facts straight from the ISP and a local police agency. I doubt they would have any interest in fabricating it.

        • Chris M. Gaines
          Posted at 17:15h, 31 March

          Why is no other media outlets anywhere (besides Jack Houser) reported this information you are here? Why did Coles County Sheriff Department and Charleston police department allegedly say they are not investigating these allegations you claim here? Why was ISP allegedly ask by our local law enforcement agencies to investigate these allegations instead? This story obviously doesn’t add up still, and until you can answer these simple questions I will ask why you are involved in reporting it at all with incomplete information or public records(FOIA) we all in our audience can easily verify as usal with your reporting normally. Was there a search warrant issued for this facility? Was there any probable cause found, what specifically was it?

          • jmkraft
            Posted at 17:20h, 31 March

            I have a FOIA in for the search warrant. I stand by everything else I wrote.

          • Chris M. Gaines
            Posted at 23:28h, 31 March

            Why wouldn’t or hasn’t any other media outlets, mainstream or alternative, report these allegations you claim here? Did this so called ISP source you quote release this to you or Jack Houser exclusively?

          • jmkraft
            Posted at 07:12h, 01 April

            Here is an idea….pick up the phone and call Zone 5 and ask them.

          • Chris M. Gaines
            Posted at 12:33h, 01 April

            No thanks on calling ISP, obviously. I don’t have much public trust in most police or politicians, especially both together. Here’s a better idea John…can you tell us the name of your ISP “source”, then when I call ISP ( and talk toTom Houser at Zone 5) I can reference that name to him you publicly provided me here? Please…with all due respect. These are legitimate questions I’m asking you.

          • jmkraft
            Posted at 13:03h, 01 April

            If you would simply read the article linked to Disclosure, and then scroll down to the comments…you would see the name of the person at ISP Zone 5 who disclosed it to Disclosure.

          • Chris M. Gaines
            Posted at 14:14h, 01 April

            I did call ISP Zone 5, left my name and number…they said they would call me back. They haven’t yet. Just saying.

          • Chris M. Gaines
            Posted at 21:50h, 02 April

            I called ISP Zone 5 and ask IF this is or ever was an active investigation, and left my full name and cell phone number as requested by the person answering the phone. As of today’s date at this time I have still NOT received a return phone call back from our ISP Zone 5 Investigations as I was told they would do ASAP. Obviously, I expected that from our ISP. Has anyone else received a return call back yet that called ISP toO? Just curious.

          • jmkraft
            Posted at 10:09h, 03 April

            I know that several parents that have called them did receive a phone call back with verification of exactly what I wrote.

          • Chris M. Gaines
            Posted at 10:22h, 03 April

            What are these parents full names you claim got calls back from ISP Zone 5, can I confirm it myself please? Do you have any evidence yet? Why not? Or can this audience verify anything you write concerning these allegations about any of this? Thanks John. Have a nice Easter Weekend. I will continue to pray for you my brother…you and Kirk both.

          • jmkraft
            Posted at 10:31h, 03 April

            I am not releasing any information on parents that have called. I suggest you find a parent and ask them to call.

          • Chris M. Gaines
            Posted at 14:57h, 03 April

            Do you trust law enforcement in Illinois? Why not?

            Quote from John Kraft: “We do ask that the States Attorneys start doing their job and enforce the laws being broken by their own law enforcement officers, as allowing them to break the law only continues to erode the public trust. In the case of Sheriff Darrel Cox, he should be facing Official Misconduct charges, not only for violating court orders but for his documented Conflict of Interest by submitting invoices from his private business to his own elected office for payment.If our Sheriffs are allowed to break the law with zero accountability can we allow them to enforce laws on the rest of the citizens?”
            Source: (Edgar County Watchdogs)

            Great question John. The foundation of our government and all our government agencies is public trust, and will eventually collapse if this erosion of our public trust continues indefinitely, obviously. To answer your question, no…We the People can’t allow it ANY LONGER. How we implement change IN OUR GOVERNMENT is vital to our survival as a free society.

          • Chris M. Gaines
            Posted at 07:23h, 04 April

            Illinois government propaganda / disinformation services = The Illinois Office of Communication and Information (IOCI) offers an integrated suite of communications services to agencies of state government and the public. We provide media relations, public education and news services to advance our mission of transparent, effective and accurate government communications. Whether it’s a full service public education and advertising campaign or a single website, brochure or video, IOCI provides top-quality, cost-effective strategies, production, materials and implementation to our client agencies.

            Drugs of all kinds… and especially right now Herion (opiates) is allowed in our State by our corrupt law enforcement agencies and specifically the Drug Enforcement Agency (Special Operations Division) and they profit off the backs of addiction to it, obviously. Get informed. Get involved. Take action. Join us, We the People…take responsibility for our community. Make our government agencies and our public servants accountable for their actions. Simple, take money out of the equation and that is the solution. Greed, the love of money, the addiction to money is the root of all evil. Are you a money addict or drug addict or hiGhly confused still? Or you just plain ignorant, apathetic, and your brain is severely drug induced or damaged, or retarded and not accelerated enough to comprehend simple things? You decide or we will apparently, duh. Demand electoral reforms and government transparency, then vote REGULARLY like your life depended on it because in reality it does retard. Think about it, think more…do MORE. Pray MORE! Get real, quit playing. Please.

  • concerned
    Posted at 05:27h, 28 March

    Why you think its open? I donT think it is

  • Chris M. Gaines
    Posted at 19:56h, 28 March

    My Son Trey is a highly respected gymnastic coach at this facility. I will inquire as to the details of these allegations there. Please make sure your facts are accurate in your upcoming reports about this. Thank you John.

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 20:37h, 28 March

      Like we said in the article. The information we reported came from the State Police.

    • Chris M. Gaines
      Posted at 16:19h, 03 May

      My son Trey Katz no longer works (coaches) at Sun Elite gymnastics facility he told me recently. I was glad to hear that obviously. Just saying. Questions remain though still evidently. This investigation is ongoing still I assume? Please update this story accordingly. Thanks John. Have a nice day.

  • Chris M. Gaines
    Posted at 23:23h, 28 March

    Posted by Jack Howser
    March 27, 2015 – 5:10 pm

    This is totally accurate, based on information obtained from a Sgt. Hammell or Hammill at ISP Zone 5 investigations, and supported by a Coles County sheriff’s deputy who corroborated what the Sergeant at ISP told us on Tuesday. Whether the padlock’s on it today or not is immaterial; as of Tuesday, this was the case according to officials. Call them up and bitch at them, but keep your blustering off my page.- See more at:


    Why would ISP be releasing publicly to anyone, even the “press”… any detailed information on a active felony criminal investigation if pending charges would be filed as a result and it’s not adjudicated yet? This so called ISP source is releasing information in a press release, can that be verified? Why no other reporting of this story on any other sites or organizations online or in print or TV anywhere else? Questions remain, obviously.

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 07:27h, 29 March

      Parents have reported to us that they have called the ISP, verified this, and were told they would receive a call back on Monday if they left their names and phone numbers with them.

      There are no secrets, at least there isn’t supposed to be any, when it comes to whether there is an active investigation or not. A person could FOIA the search warrant if one was issued and figure out pretty quick whether the place was searched or not.

      Here are some parent comments:
      ” I called. Def. An investigation going on…”
      “They confirmed there is an investigation.”
      “Coles co. Had it first but turned it over to the Illinois state police yesterday”
      “I called the Illinois State Police in District 5- Kyle Border is the case agent”

      • Chris M. Gaines
        Posted at 12:39h, 29 March


        With all due respect, your acting naive or are actually naive in my opinion my brother considering this story and in general. There IS secrets, lots of secrets withheld from the masses for obvious reasons everyday across America, in or our free society supposedly, right?, in our Republic in America, obviously, lies more than actual truth, factual information is widely shared in public, evidently, and “secret societies” within law enforcement agencies and in general across the board in all areas of society as we know from verifiable history, with secret memberships, with evil and malicious intentions and that’s all easily verified by evidence, a factual statement not intended to be inflammatory or invaluable input to this topiX..but honest useful public information this audience craves specifically obviously. Have a nice day. Enjoy it to the fullest. Get more informed. Get MORE involved. Take action today..not tomorrow. Seize the day…TODAY! Consider this and and all that my brothers and sisters.

        • jmkraft
          Posted at 12:46h, 29 March

          My comment on “secrets” was directed towards publicly releasable information and nothing else. For what it’s worth, I have submitted a FOIA for any search warrants issued for this.

          • Chris M. Gaines
            Posted at 15:42h, 29 March

            My position remains about “secrets” still…and it is, that even FOIA requested public information is concealed by our public servants (FOIA Officers within our government agencies) as we both know on a regular basis everyday in America, especially in Illinois being the MOST corrupt State in our Union within all our government agencies, locally and statewide. Relying on FOIA requested information alone is not sufficient enough to determine the truth by itself, the whole story on any topic about any story. I wish it was just as easy as filing and actually receiving a FOIA request John like you do quite often, but obviously it’s not in most cases enough alone, because the TRUTH is concealed from the public on a regular basis for obvious reasons of public corruption and concealing criminal activities by our public servants in America, especially in Illinois. Our government agencies are NOT transparent currently, obviously. I pray that changes soon though obviously. Keep pushing back to strengthen our FOIA laws in Illinois John, but obviously you understand the reality of it currently. They ONLY share what they WANT not are required by Illinois law. There are many many VITAL secrets(evidence) concealed from public exposure, that is a fact that remains and is denied by many still for specific reasons. Why has no other media outlets reported this information this ISP source released to the author of this story? It doesn’t add up yet, and until it does I will continue to question everyone involved in it. Have a nice day John.

  • Chris M. Gaines
    Posted at 07:19h, 04 April

    I called ISP Zone 5 Investigations again to inquire about these allegations you and Jack Houser exclusively both claim now. I ask the nice lady who answered the phone about a Sgt. Hammill or Hammell working there at ISP Zone 5 Investigations and that he was quoted as the ISP source of this information reported Jack Houser. The nice lady at ISP told me that there is NO sergeant by that name working at ISP. So obviously Jack Houser is lying about his source at ISP for this story. This is all based on unsubstantiated hearsay from parents calling ISP to make complaints, because our Coles County Sheriff Department won’t investigate it for obvious reasons. Until you can provide any evidence, this is all speculative in nature and premature at this point and irresponsible reporting to say the least. Trust is at issue here obviously.