Coach accused of filming youth had been investigated before

The Associated Press /

Published Nov 15, 2012 at 04:00AM

MEDFORD — 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 that 54-year-old Jeffrey Scott Bettman was sued over allegations of sexual abuse in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 2000, where he was a coach for more than 20 years.

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.

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