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Las Vegas Gym Sued over Gymnastics Coach Abuse Allegations

2021-01-25 15:40:39

Eight women who were taught by a former USA Gymnastics coach who now deal with fornication and sexual assault sue the Las Vegas gym where he trained them from 2009 to 2015.

A civil negligence and liability lawsuit filed in the Nevada District Court on Tuesday accuses Brown's Gymnastics Las Vegas and gym owner Dayna Waroe of ignoring what the court claims was a pattern of coach Terry Gray's abuse of girls from 13 years.

"Under Nevada law, Terry Gray was an employee of Brown's Gym, under the supervision of Dayna Waroe, and a certified member of USAG when he injured plaintiffs," said Tracy Eglet, attorney for the women over the age of 18. up to 26.

A woman who answered the phone at the gym on Friday said Waroe is no longer the owner of the business.

Waroe, reached by phone through the Las Vegas Review-Journal for a report, said she had not seen the lawsuit and declined to comment.

Gray is not listed as a suspect in the civil suit seeking financial damages from the gym and Waroe that could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Gray & # 39; s attorney, Nicholas Wooldridge, declined to comment on the civil or criminal cases.

Gray pleaded not guilty to Clark County District Court in October on a 45-count indictment that resulted from allegations of 10 women, including immorality with a child under 14 and sexual assault.

A trial scheduled for next month was postponed on Thursday due to a backlog of court due to pandemic restrictions for the coronavirus. Gray is free pending trial period.

At least six alleged victims identified by their initials in the criminal case are also plaintiffs in the civil suit.

The Associated Press does not identify them, as it generally does not list people who say they are victims of sexual assault without specific permission.

Gray was banned by USA Gymnastics after Las Vegas police began investigating reports that he had not properly touched, kissed, and caressed gymnasts under the age of 14, sometimes while acting as a spotter to catch them during physical routines, and that he had a sexual relationship with a teenage girl.

A USA Gymnastics spokeswoman said in a statement Friday that Gray has been permanently banned from membership for violating the SafeSport code for the US Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In lawsuits to dismiss criminal charges, Wooldridge accused Las Vegas prosecutors in their presentation to a grand jury of falsely invoking a US gymnastics scandal that developed in 2015 around disgraced former sports physician Larry Nassar.

Nassar is now in prison for what could mean the rest of his life.

He was charged with molesting hundreds of female athletes, often under the guise of medical treatment, while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.

Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography and may be sentenced in Michigan state prison for several decades on convictions for sexual abuse and assault.

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