Premium Partners

Indianapolis Basketball Trainer Charged with Assault

Andy Berg

A trainer in Indiana has been charged with multiple accounts of sexual assault on minors. 

According to the Indianapolis NBC affiliate, Shon Bolden, 41, has been charged with 15 crimes, which include child seduction and sexual misconduct.

Bolden specializes in training young female basketball players at Indianapolis Shoot 360. He is accused of touching the girls he was coaching in “rude, insolent or angry ways…to satisfy his sexual desires,” according to court documents.

Some of the girls said Bolden would frequently touch their necks while they swallowed. "His whole hand would be on her neck. He would tell her to breathe, tell her to swallow, and then tell her to swallow again," the affidavit reads. "If she did not have enough salvia to swallow, he would keep his hand on her throat until she did swallow."

In videos posted to YouTube, Bolden promotes himself as a mentor, motivator, teacher and trainer to young athletes.

"When they get in tough situations of life, they will have an accountability partner or a person that can help them out," he said in one of the videos.

According to court documents, the alleged incidents occurred over a period of years and involved seven teenage girls.

AB Show 2022 in Orlando
AB Show is a solution-focused event for athletics, fitness, recreation and military professionals.
Learn More
AB Show
Buyer's Guide
Information on more than 3,000 companies, sorted by category. Listings are updated daily.
Learn More
Buyer's Guide