Report: 2 Gymnasts Accuse Olympic Coach Of Sex Abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two women have told the Orange County Register they were sexually abused in the 1980s by the man who coached the 1984 Olympic gymnastics team.

USA Gymnastics is looking into the allegations against Don Peters, President Steve Penny said Sunday. Penny says athlete safety is a top priority for USA Gymnastics and sexual misconduct against minors is “unacceptable.”

Should the federation find the allegations have merit, Peters could be subject to a lifetime ban.

Doe Yamashiro, who trained at Peters’ Huntington Beach gym, told the Register that Peters began fondling her when she was 16 and had sex with her a year later. A second gymnast, who asked that her name not be used, also told the paper Peters had sex with her when she was a teenager.

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