Gymnastics instructor Hassan Jawad of Deerfield Beach, Florida was arrested on February 28 after investigators allegedly found images and videos of minors engaging in sexual activity on his personal computer.
Jawad, 37, is charged with one count of compiling child pornography and eight counts of child pornography. The press did not name an attorney for him.
According to the police report, detectives from the Broward Sheriff’s Office began the investigation in January after receiving an alert about an IP address that was being used to share child pornography. The IP address was reportedly traced to Jawad’s home in Deerfield Beach.
Investigators executed a search warrant on Thursday at his home in the 1770 block of NW Second Avenue.
“[Jawad] was interviewed and admitted to using [redacted] software to search for and download child pornography filed within the last few weeks,” the report said. “He states he used terms such as ‘pedo’ (because he knew it was short for pedophile) and also used ages like ‘12’ and ‘13’ to search for child pornography.”
Jawad allegedly told detectives that some of his searches yielded pictures of boys as young as 8 years old.
“He states that he intentionally used this [redacted] program to view child pornography out of curiosity and that although he felt aroused by the content he felt it was wrong and deleted it,” a detective wrote in the report.
Jawad admitted to having at least seven pictures and videos of child pornography, the report said. Many of the pictures purportedly show boys between the ages of 8 and 13 engaging in sexual activity, including anal sex, oral sex, and masturbation with older men and/or other boys.
Jawad is a gymnastics teacher at Twisters Gymnastics in Boca Raton. The center sent the following message to parents:
“We regret to inform you that we received word late this morning that one of the class instructors, Hassan Jawad, who was working at Boca Twisters, was arrested for possession of child pornography on his personal computer at his home in Broward County. We are devastated, shocked, and angry.”
The center claims that Jawad has never received any complaints about his coaching or behavior with minors. He reportedly passed several background checks, including screening through the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCIS) and the national sex offender registry. The center is cooperating with police and is asking parents with information that might be helpful to investigators to contact the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Prior to working at Twisters Gymnastics, Jawad purportedly worked at New England Academy of Gymnastics in Massachusetts from 2015 to 2017. Investigators believe there may be local victims and are continuing their investigation.
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