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Ore. Gymnastic Coach Accused Of Filming Students

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File photo of a balance beam from the 2012 Olympics. (credit: Getty Images)

File photo of a balance beam from the 2012 Olympics. (credit: Getty Images)

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A southern Oregon gymnastic coach accused of filming his students in changing rooms without their knowledge had been the subject of previous sexual abuse allegations.

The Mail Tribune reports Wednesday that 54-year-old Jeffrey Scott Bettman was sued for sexual abuse in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 2000, where he was a coach for more than 20 years for the Santa Barbara Spirals, a youth gymnastics team once run by the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Bettman was arrested earlier this month in Oregon. He was arraigned last week on 10 counts each of first- and second-degree encouraging child sex abuse. He was ordered to stay away from minors and from gymnastics facilities in Grants Pass and Medford.

A representative from the university regents says The California case went to trial and the court dismissed the charges.

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