Myrtle Beach Gymnastics Coach Paris Zebadua Accused of Groping Student
A gymnastics coach for the Ultimate Gymnastics Academy in Myrtle Beach has been charged with assault for allegedly groping a student’s breasts during a private lesson. 46-year-old Paris Ramese Zebadua was arrested on Thursday, September 19 for the alleged assault, which police say happened on September 7 at the academy.
Zebadua has been charged with second-degree assault and assault and battery. He was released on a $20,000 surety bond with the condition that he will not contact the victim or her family.
The victim told police that Zebadua grabbed her breasts with one hand under her clothing and one above during a private lesson at the gymnastics school, according to the arrest warrant.
These allegations are the latest is one has become a widespread sex abuse scandal in the world of American gymnastics. In the most high-profile case, USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 125 years in jail for abusing hundreds of students. Other coaches have been arrested in several states, including Virginia, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.
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Legal Options for Victims of Sex Abuse by Coaches
Attorney contributor and former sex crimes prosecutor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps victims of sexual abuse find justice in civil cases. Brian has offered to share some general information on the legal rights of sports sex abuse victims and their families:
Sexual predators are often found in fields that involve working or volunteering with children, including youth sports. The gymnastics field, in particular, has seen widespread reports of sexual abuse by coaches, team doctors, and others who work in this field. Those who work in administrative and leadership roles in youth sports must stay aware of the risk that sexual predators pose to the children under their watch and must do all that they can to keep these children safe.
The victims of sexual abuse in youth sports must be aware of their legal rights. Reporting the abuser to law enforcement is an important first step, as these predators must be investigated and prosecuted before they can continue hurting children. Additionally, victims of sexual abuse have legal rights in the civil justice system. In many cases, these victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
Youth sports organizations can be held liable for sexual abuse if negligence allowed the abuse to occur – such as ignoring previous complaints of abuse involving a coach.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse in youth sports, you can learn more about your legal rights by discussing your case with an experienced sex abuse victims attorney.
Location of Ultimate Gymnastics Academy in Myrtle Beach, SC
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