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(Alex Ruppenthal / Chicago Tonight)

In 2014, a suburban gymnast told police her coach sexually abused her. Now, with that coach under investigation again, she is sharing her story publicly. “I felt very alone during all of it,” she said. “I’m hoping my story can help other people.”

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A police report filed in 1997 by a gymnast who says her coach sexually abused her (redactions by Wheeling Police and Chicago Tonight). (Wheeling Police Department)

Chicago Tonight reporter Alex Ruppenthal talks about his investigation into allegations of sexual abuse surrounding a Chicago-area coach who was banned by USA Gymnastics in November 2017.

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(Raphael Goetter / Flickr)

A young suburban gymnast goes to the police in 1997, accusing her coach of sexual abuse, but charges are never filed. Now she is sharing her story. “Everything that happened to me I think people should know,” she said.

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