Ore. gymnastics coach accused of filming students

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

The Medford Mail Tribune reports Wednesday that Jeffrey Scott Bettman, 54, was sued over allegations of 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 and arraigned last week on charges of encouraging child sex abuse. He was ordered to stay away from minors and from gymnastics facilities in Grants Pass and Medford.

A representative of the university regents says the California lawsuit went to trial and was dismissed.

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