Peters accused to sexual abuse
Former US Olympic gymnastics coach Don Peters could face a
lifetime ban from the sport over claims he sexually abused young
athletes in the 1980s, The Orange County Register reported
Doe Yamashiro, a former member of the US national team, told the
newspaper that Peters fondled her when she was 16 and made
persistent advances until she had sex with him when she was 17 and
he was 38.
“That incident I had a very strong emotional reaction to,”
Yamashiro said. “That was a real physical violation and I was
Another gymnast Peters coached, who refused to be named, claimed
she had sex with him when she was 18 despite him knowing she had
been sexually abused by a parent.
“I would include him in the people who have taken advantage of
me,” the woman said. “I was vulnerable and he knew that, and he
really preys upon that kind of person.”
A third woman, Linda McNamara, told the newspaper that Peters
admitted to her in the 1990s that he had sex with both the women
making the claims, as well as a third teen gymnast.
McNamara worked as a former assistant director at SCATS
gymnastics club in Huntington Beach, which Peters built into a
major force, producing a number of Olympians and national
Yamashiro and McNamara said they reported Peters to USA
Gymnastics, and the sport’s national governing body was
investigating the claims.
An attorney for Peters, Kevin O’Connell, sent the Register an
email that read, “Doe Yamashiro is not a victim of repressed memory
and never wanted this matter to become public. The other incidents
you have alleged are wrong. [The Register’s] knowledge of the
allegations and conduct of USA Gymnastics is an invasion of Mr.