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Ex-gymnasts accuse renowned coach of sex abuse

By: SCOTT M. REID
October 6, 2011
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photo - Longtime U.S. national team coach Don Peters, working with gymnasts at SCATS in Huntington Beach June 19, 1996. Photo by THE ORANGE COUNY REGISTER
Longtime U.S. national team coach Don Peters, working with gymnasts at SCATS in Huntington Beach June 19, 1996. Photo by THE ORANGE COUNY REGISTER 

LOS ANGELES – A former U.S. Olympic team coach who guided American gymnastics to some of its most iconic and triumphant moments could face a lifetime ban from the sport after three women have come forward to accuse him of having sex with young gymnasts in the 1980s.

Don Peters coached the groundbreaking U.S. women's team to a record eight medals at the 1984 Olympic Games and built SCATS, a Huntington Beach gymnastics club, into an international powerhouse with a string of Olympians and national champions.

It was during that same decade that Peters had sex with three teenage gymnasts, three women have told The Orange County Register.

Doe Yamashiro, a former U.S. national team member who trained with Peters at SCATS in the 1980s, told the Register that Peters repeatedly fondled her, beginning when she was 16, and had sexual intercourse with her when she was 17.

Read more at ocregister.com.

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