Like in many cases where an arrest reveals a disturbing pattern of behavior, this gymnastic coach has a troubling history.
A gymnastics coach accused of raping a former student was kicked out of a national organization for the sport nearly a decade ago because of allegations of sexual relations with his students, according to court papers.
Gymnastics coach Steven Infante appears in Middlesex Superior Court in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Wednesday.
But after the ban by USA Gymnastics in 1998, which followed complaints by students in Massachusetts and Connecticut, Steven Infante was not arrested and continued to be involved with gymnastics schools and camps in both states.
Infante was charged in Massachusetts on Wednesday with raping one former student and molesting another in the early 1990s.
This continuation of abuses is evidence of why I disagree with those who dismiss men like this as merely jerks who while disgusting shouldn't be classified as truly criminal. The harm these people do is real and it is more than the fallout of bad relationships.
Sexual predators don't always lurk in dark alleys waiting for the opportunity to strike, sometimes they hide in plain sight and use their trustability and likeability as weapons. They depend on those who dismiss them as jerks and they depend on those who claim that their victims are equally responsible.