Former Olympic Team Coach Don Peters Accused of Sexual Abuse of Gymnasts
Reportedly, Peters, who coached the 1984 Olympic team to an unprecedented level of success, including the U.S.'s first women's all-around gold (Mary Lou Retton), is accused of fondling and having sex with teenage gymnasts at SCATS in the 1980s. Peters is credited with building SCATS into "an international powerhouse" during this same decade. The three alleged victims include former U.S. national team member, Doe Yamashiro.
Reportedly, Peters, may be under investigation by USA Gymnastics and could face a lifetime ban from gymnastics, in addition to any potential criminal proceedings.
The article reports, "Linda McNamara, a former assistant director at SCATS who shared an office with Peters, has also told the Register that Peters confessed to her in the early 1990s to having sex with Yamashiro, the second former SCATS gymnast and a third teenage gymnast.
The women's allegations are echoed by family members and other gymnasts close to them. The women said they are coming forward now to expose the sport's exploitive culture and USA Gymnastics' failure to pursue sexual abuse more aggressively."
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