Bend gymnastics coach arrested for sex abuse

Acrovision Sports co-owner booked in Deschutes County jail

By Scott Hammers / The Bulletin

Published Jan 10, 2014 at 11:31AM

One of the owners of a Bend gymnastics and martial arts center has been arrested after allegedly sexually abusing two young girls at a sleepover on New Year’s Eve.

According to a news release from the Bend Police Department, Richard Bridgeman Gustafson, 49, was arrested and booked into the Deschutes County jail on Wednesday after police received a report that an 8-year-old girl had been sexually abused during the sleepover Acrovision Sports Center. The event at the center, located at 63255 Jamison Road in Bend, involved 51 children. A second victim, 9 years old, was identified during the investigation.

On Thursday, according to the Oregon Judicial Information Network, Gustafson was arraigned on information on two counts of first-degree sex abuse, as well as first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and attempted first-degree sex abuse.

He is slated to be arraigned on an indictment on Jan. 15.

An investigation into Gustafson is ongoing and Bend Police are asking anyone with information to call Det. Thomas Russell at 541-322-2986 or the non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

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