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Teacher, wrestling coach faces 17 sex charges against teen boys

Gary Goins  (Source: Gaston County Jail) Gary Goins (Source: Gaston County Jail)

A high school science teacher and wrestling coach is under investigation after he was charged with 15 felony counts of sex crimes against children.

According to records in Gaston County, 44-year-old Gary Goins was booked in the Gaston County jail on Wednesday morning around 8:05 a.m and released on a $100,000 bond. 

He was charged with eight felony counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child, six felony counts of Indecent Liberties with a Student and one felony count of Statutory Rape/ Sex Offense of a child 6 Yrs Old Or Older.

On June 6, he was also charged with two counts of crimes against nature. Police say the new charges involve a third victim and occurred in 1998. 

The charges came after a several month long investigation involving alleged sex offenses, police told WBTV. The alleged incidents occurred between May 1, 1999 and June 15, 2004.

Goins is employed a teacher and coach at East Gaston High School.

According to the school's website, he taught Earth & Environmental Science, Earth & Environmental Science Honors and Physical Science.  He is also listed on the school's website as the high school's wrestling coach. 

According to arrest warrants obtained by WBTV's Sarah Batista, there are at least two men who have alleged they were victims of Goins.

One victim is listed as under the age of 16 when the incidents reportedly happened from May 1999 until September 1999.

A second victim is listed on the report as a 15-year-old boy.  He was reportedly victimized from August 2003 until June 2004.

Students at East Gaston High school say they're shocked.

"Some of the students were kind of heartbroken about it, that's their coach, they don't know if it's true or not, I'm pretty sure the family is hurting right now," said Jessica Bowen, a student.  

Goins is currently suspended with pay, pending an investigation.

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