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UPDATE: Former Dane County youth soccer coach arrested, relieved of duties by local soccer club

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Sting Soccer Club announced Thursday that Daniel Gildea had been terminated, discrediting the former coach.

According to a news release from club COO Erin Medina, the club learned of the allegations against Gildea Wednesday night and immediately cut ties. Medina said the club holds player safety in the highest regard, prioritizing it above all else.

"The safety and well-being of our players is of the utmost importance here at Sting Soccer, as we pride ourselves in our commitment to the development of our youth!" Medina said in the release.

You can read the full statement below:

The Sting Austin Division has relieved all coaching duties and we have terminated our relationship with Daniel Gildea effective immediately. Sting was informed last evening of a serious situation surrounding Mr. Gildea and, upon learning of the allegations against him and his subsequent arrest, Sting Soccer immediately cut all ties. These allegations involve incidents prior to his affiliation with The Sting Soccer Organization and does not involve any of our Sting players. The safety and well-being of our players is of the utmost importance here at Sting Soccer, as we pride ourselves in our commitment to the development of our youth!

Sting Soccer Club COO Erin Medina

AUSTIN, TX (WKOW) -- A former Dane County youth soccer coach was arrested in Texas Tuesday on the tentative charge of being a fugitive from Wisconsin.

A Williamson County, Texas jail official says Daniel Gildea, 37, is in custody with no bail.

Sources with knowledge of this investigation tell 27 News Gildea was charged in Dane County Monday in a felony, sensitive crime case.  In a rare step, the criminal complaint against Gildea was sealed by Dane County Judge Juan Colas.

Records show Gildea was a youth soccer coach for Oregon's Soccer Association from July 2008 to November 2014.

Gildea is currently a youth soccer coach with Sting Soccer Club in Austin.

Gildea is also prominent on social media with videos of soccer training, tricks and techniques with more than 160,000 Instagram followers.

It is not known when Gildea will appear in a Texas court in connection with proposed extradition to Wisconsin.

Officials with the Dane County District Attorney's Office were unavailable for comment on Gildea's case Wednesday night.

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Tony Galli

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