Dear Twister Families:

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. 

During his employment at Twisters we did not receive a complaint about his coaching or behavior, or have any reason to suspect that he ever had any inappropriate contact with a minor. Hassan, along with the rest of our staff, have all passed background checks including screening and investigations through the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI), which screens for criminal behavior that may be inappropriate for contact with children. This screening is also required by USA Gymnastics and it covers criminal background, sex offender registry and identity verification. In addition, Twisters also runs background and fingerprint checks through the Florida Department of Children and Families “Clearinghouse” which is a state and national fingerprint-based criminal history check. These reports are reviewed prior to any employment being offered at Twisters. Background checks are also consistently re-run on current staff prior to their expiration.

We have daily on-site management presence with managers at the gym during morning, afternoon and evening practices that closely monitor the staff and activities in the gym. All activities are always open to parent viewing. We have security cameras installed in the common areas of our facility which record 24 hours per day, to help keep athletes safe and provide constant oversight of our coaches, visitors and athletes.

To read more about our child safety policies and procedures please follow this link: http://twistergymnastics.com/about-us-child-safety/

We are fully cooperating with the investigators, who at this time have told us that they do not suspect that Hassan had any inappropriate contact with a minor at Twisters.

If you have any information that you think will be helpful to the detective working on the case, Detective Jennifer Montgomery, please feel free to contact her at the Broward Sheriff’s office: (954) 888-5239.

We are deeply committed to the safety, security and well-being of every child who enters our doors.

Twister’s Management & Staff