Last Updated: 7/13/2020
Attorney Commentary: Youth sports coach sex abuse lawyer Bobby Thompson adds legal commentary on the legal rights of gymnastics coach sex abuse victims in the second section of this article.
Deputies and detectives with the Yucaipa Police Department arrested gymnastics coach Aaron Zink on Wednesday, April 8 for allegedly sexually abusing an 11-year-old child.
The authorities served warrants regarding this case at multiple locations. The 45-year-old coach has been charged with annoying or molesting a child and this investigation remains ongoing.
During this investigation, deputies discovered that Zink is a gymnastics coach in Redlands and that he regularly works with children. This information has led deputies to suspect that there could be other unidentified victims in this case.
Anyone with information regarding this case has been asked to call the Yucaipa Station at 918-2305.
Bobby Thompson is a frequent contributor to the Legal Herald and he has represented many sexual abuse victims. Bobby offered the comments below on the legal rights of sexual abuse by gymnastics coaches.
“Gymnasts in the United States have become frequent victims of sexual abuse, extending all the way up to the professional ranks. There have been several cases against coaches, doctors, and other staff members for sexual abuse, most notably the recent case against Larry Nassar. Victims of sexual abuse in gymnastics have a right to sue their abuser, as well as the organization if negligence is found. For example if a gymnastics studio knew about sexual abuse but chose not to act then they can be found to be liable. This gives the victim the option to file a lawsuit against the organization for its negligent behavior.”