East Providence police arrest ex-cheerleading coach accused of molesting child

East Providence police say the victim suffered assaults almost daily.
Alyshia Tkacs
Cranston police shared this booking photo of Alyshia Tkacs. Monday, June 20, 2022.

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — East Providence police said Monday they arrested an ex-cheerleading coach for child molestation.

Police said Alyshia Tkacs is accused of molesting a child, who’s now an adult, repeatedly. Those alleged assaults happened when the victim was 12 to 14 years old.

Lt. Michael Rapoza said Tkacs, 33, was a coach for a competitive cheerleading organization when they met in 2012.

Rapoza said the victim reported that the sexual assaults happened in East Providence and Barrington and that it occurred almost every day. Barrington police are conducting their own investigation.

A grand jury indicted Tkacs on seven charges of child molestation, said Rapoza. She was held without bail and will appear in court Thursday.

ABC 6 News spoke with the former owner of Superior Cheer All Stars, Dawn Castonguay, which was located in East Providence before its closure in 2018 — who confirmed Tkacs was a “team mother” at the gym within the time frame the alleged assaults occurred.

“I do know (redacted) did not want Alyshia with (redacted) but later learned (redacted) continued to meet her at a park where Alyshia gave (redacted) gifts,” Castonguay said in a statement. “Never thought it was a molestation thing since they were still hanging out after they both left the gym.”

Anyone who has information about other possible victims is urged to call East Providence Police Det. Michael Spremulli at 401-435-7600, ext. 20024.

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