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Tumbling coach charged with sexual abuse of underage prostitute

(JOLIET)  A former west suburban tumbling coach is behind bars Tuesday after being charged with having sexual contact with an underage prostitute.

A Will County arrest warrant issued Friday charges Ray Saleh, 51, with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, patronizing a minor engaged in prostitution, and patronizing a prostitute, according to the Will County state’s attorney’s office.

Saleh was arrested about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Naperville police.

The warrant carries a $500,000 bond and Saleh was being held in the Will County Adult Detention Facility. He is scheduled to appear in bond court at 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to prosecutors.

The victim, identified only as A.S., was older than 13 but younger than 17, when Saleh committed sexual acts with her, according to court documents.

Naperville police began investigating the case in September, according to Sgt. William Davis, a department spokesman.

Saleh, of Oswego, was a tumbling coach at ICE All-Star Cheer in Aurora. A spokeswoman for the company said Tuesday that he has been fired.

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