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Lawsuit against banned Huntington Beach gymnastics coach Don Peters, doctor Larry Nassar alleges sexual abuse

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By SCOTT M. REID

 

From the time she was 8 until she was 16, it was an almost daily routine, the lawsuit states.

A young, promising female gymnast with Olympic potential would show up at SCATS, the world-famous Huntington Beach gymnastics academy, where she would be led to a secluded part of the gym by Don Peters, the 1984 U.S. Olympic team coach and SCATS director.

 Once they were away from the other gymnasts, employees and parents at the gym, Peters would order the young athlete to strip down to her bra and panties and begin to make inappropriate sexual comments, the gymnast alleges in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday and obtained by the Orange County Register.

The suit by the former U.S. national team member also alleges that SCATS for more than a decade used its global reputation as a launch pad for Olympic and World Championship gymnasts to recruit underage gymnasts and place them in vulnerable situations that led to their sexual abuse at the hands of Peters and USA Gymnastics women’s national team physician Dr. Larry Nassar.

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