Former Basketball Coach Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges on a Child

By: Kieran Wilson Email
By: Kieran Wilson Email

Former Central High School Girls Basketball Coach Matt Lindholm has been arrested on charges of sexual assault. Lindholm turned himself in this afternoon after being advised that he faced charges of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and sexual assault by one in a position of trust with a pattern of abuse. Both are felony charges. Lindholm is currently being held in the Meas County Jail, his bond has yet to be set.

Last week, Lindholm resigned as the school's coach, and this week was placed on administrative leave from his job as a teacher as school officials opened up their own internal investigation. Mesa County Sheriff’s Office has also been investigating Lindholm.

According to an arrest affidavit Lindholm kissed and hugged one of his female players several times in the coach's office. The player told authorities she was in love with Lindholm.

Lindholm will be in court for a bond hearing Thursday.

Click on the link above this story to read the entire arrest affidavit.


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  • by FormerCentralPlayer Location: GJ on Feb 21, 2008 at 12:27 PM
    CentralMom and CentralGrad both have valid points. While CentralGrad is absolutely right by saying Frost does not have complete control of her teacher's actions, she is the principal and if she suspects anything at all, she should jump on it. Also in a letter, it was said that the girls' parents should "support the girls" and try to disregard any rumors; however, this was after she was aware of the truth and the truth happened to be just what the rumors were saying. In our society being politically correct is supposed to be a must but this time it was a lie straight to the parents of the girls who are the closest to the coach.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2008 at 12:09 PM
    Lets stop looking at blaming Ms. Frost, she is one person and lets focus on what this coach has done, he has taken this young girls innocence and she trusted him and he feed of her volnurabiltes. Central High School is still a great school, this is rough time and we should all join together, and help build this bad situation together! Talk to your kids, pay more attention to them, ask questions, and spend family time, These are necessary things we should do to keep our kids safe.
  • by former coach of girls Location: Grand Junction on Feb 21, 2008 at 09:45 AM
    I agree there should be a women coach always present when there is contact between the coach and players. Girls can be hard to deal with and one little show of sympathy or one show of not agreeing with what is said can open up a whole can of problems. Another issue is that parents need to know what and where their children are. Be there at the end of practice to pick up your child, be there sometimes during practice - don't just assume that they are safe because they are at school or with sports.
  • by CentralGrad Location: Denver/Grand Junction on Feb 21, 2008 at 09:03 AM
    Central mom is incorrect and probably has some kind of vendetta not only against Ms. Frost but the whole school. Frost has no control over the actions of her teachers, and no prior incidents that would lead her to believe that Lindholm was capable of such a thing. P.P. is also mistaken, you cant disreguard all the wonderful male coachs just because of one bad apple.
  • by central mom Location: grand junction on Feb 21, 2008 at 08:44 AM
    time for ms frost to go as well she needs to take care of teh children in her care instead of spinning everything so it is politically correct.
  • by Stunned Location: Grand Junction on Feb 21, 2008 at 08:35 AM
    It is awful that this can happen when parents put so much trust and respect in our children's coaches. This goes far beyond "taking advantage".
  • by p.p. Location: grand junction on Feb 20, 2008 at 05:47 PM
    it is time to have a female coach for female players
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