Don Peters, the 1984 U.S. women's gymnastics Olympic team head coach who recently left his influential Huntington Beach gym and moved out of the area under the cloud of sex-abuse allegations, has been banned from the sport and had his place in the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame revoked.
Declared “permanently ineligible” after a USA Gymnastics disciplinary hearing last week, Peters will have his new status published in the foundation's magazine and posted on its website.
Peters, the coach
and director of SCATS gym in Surf City, resigned last month following aggressive reporting into the allegations by the Orange County Register's Scott M. Reid, who had two gymnasts saying on the record they had sex with Peters as teens in
the 1980s–as well as a third who apparently refused to come forward.
He cannot be prosecuted for violating California law due to the statute of limitations having expired.