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Bethel police again tries to jail alleged gym coach molester

There are 57 comments on the NewsTimes.com story from Nov 21, 2008, titled Bethel police again tries to jail alleged gym coach molester. In it, NewsTimes.com reports that:

Jury selection begins next month for Russell Brandon Wallace, a former gymnastics coach described by police as a classic child molester who zeroed in on certain pre-teen students, showering them with attention ...

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Cue

“Rack-em, Sit, Shut-up, Repeat”

Since: Feb 08

Your Gene POOL Needs Chlorine

#47 Nov 25, 2008
I did nothing wrong wrote:
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While I understand your comments - are you saying that NO MALE should ever coach young ladies? So, exactly why is it that you see male coaches in the Olympics often? Just wondering how a Mom-and-Pop shop makes determinations that the United States Olympic Team does not? Interesting.....
You need to rethink your position.

We sent young ladies with talent to Bela Karolyi for additional training -- Marta his wife actually worked with the gymnasts Bela was the strength coach and the public figure offering the hug at the end of each presentation. He did not know much about gymnastics in reality and never performed competitively but he did pioneer and develop strength conditioning for the upper body for girls to perform at a higher level in gymnastics.

That said I never stated that men were not qualified to coach young ladies - it was a business decision not to hire them in our gymnastic club to coach little girls. A potential lawsuit I chose to avoid in a facility I had a $500,000 dollar investment in where female gymnast from the surrounding colleges were clamoring for jobs. I did not NEED them nor did I want them and here are some additional reasons why added to this isolated example we are discussing on this forum. Please note Bela Karolyi is the first up in defense of sexual abuse in his facility in Romania.

http://www.truveo.com/Olympic-Gymnastics-Coac...
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/suffolk/ny-...
http://www.27east.com/story_detail.cfm...
http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/14738390/
http://www.ktka.com/news/2008/aug/28/gymnasti...
http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO67...
http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/gymnastics/news...

There so many more through out the years including two here in Orlando that are fighting these charges as I type. A Karate instructor is now facing life imprisonment as another example in Orlando for child abuse ---- on and on and on……..
Cue

“Rack-em, Sit, Shut-up, Repeat”

Since: Feb 08

Your Gene POOL Needs Chlorine

#48 Nov 25, 2008
"Only women were qualified in my view to teach young ladies."

My apologies I reread my initial post and I can see where you would believe I felt men were not qualified to coach female gymnasts. A better word choice on my part should have been "women were the better candidates for our facility."
I did nothing wrong

Danbury, CT

#49 Nov 25, 2008
Cue wrote:
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You need to rethink your position.

That said I never stated that men were not qualified to coach young ladies - it was a business decision not to hire them in our gymnastic club to coach little girls.
I owned a USGF facility for 15 years with the ex-wife and never once hired a male coach just for the reasons stated here. Only women were qualified in my view to teach young ladies. This was 20 years ago

This is what you stated in your prior post that "only women...." - which is implied that only women can/should coach - not men. Again, I am not disputing the fact that male coaches with young ladies is something that society should take lightly however if we are to isolate males from coaching because of the potential of having issues, then the people should not be running that business. As a parent, I watch and carefully deal with my kids in all aspects of what they are doing - knowing full well that people sometimes will take advantage of their lack of life experience - however, that does not preclude me from letting them try stuff. I really think it is a shame as to what is going on here with this coach (and others like him)- but the reality of the world is that people get taken advantage of all the time - and that really stinks. So, as far as rethinking my position - not sure I would go that far - but I understand why you would make that business decision and it certainly is a business decision that does not need defending.
I did nothing wrong

Danbury, CT

#50 Nov 25, 2008
Cue wrote:
"Only women were qualified in my view to teach young ladies."
My apologies I reread my initial post and I can see where you would believe I felt men were not qualified to coach female gymnasts. A better word choice on my part should have been "women were the better candidates for our facility."
Sorry - did not see this before I replied, so ignore the men/woman coaching portion of my reply :-)
Cletus Robinson

New Milford, CT

#52 Nov 25, 2008
^ schhlong is censored?
I did nothing wrong

Danbury, CT

#54 Nov 25, 2008
Hmm wrote:
Eugene Driscoll and the Danbury News Times better hope that Russell is found guilty because Driscoll premature indictment of the accused as being a child molest (see title) is clear grounds for a lible case.
How they are going to get away with the liable suit would be that magic word they used in the title - Alleged :-)
I did nothing wrong

Danbury, CT

#55 Nov 25, 2008
Trial by Media wrote:
I also know Russell personally. I have heard all the gory details and I have heard several accounts of the things he has said and done. First of all, let's be clear. Russell is a gay man. Last time I checked, homosexuality does not equate to perversion. As for the comments he has made, I am certain that he has crossed several lines in that department. He has no censor. But, again, that is a far cry from sexual assault. One girl has recounted the things she has seen and heard, and I believe it was terrible. However, verbal assault, and even physical assault, is not the same as sexual assault. This article was a smear campaign by the prosecution to taint any jury pool. Best of luck on getting a fair trial now.
While I agree with the gist of your comments here - one question comes up as interesting in my mind. Why would you mention his sexual orientation? It was not his orientation that is questioned here, but what he is alleged to have done. As I remember one person telling me (former boss)- there is always three sides to a story, both parties version and the truth. For the sake of this gentleman, I hope the truth comes out - whichever way it winds up being. However, I would agree that trying to get a fair trial after the media has given this story the attention is has - it will not be easy to do that.
Trial by Media

Burlington, VT

#56 Nov 25, 2008
I brought up Russell's sexual orientation as it was questioned earlier in this forum. I agree that there are three sides to every story. And, unfortunately none of us were privy to any of these incidents. I do know, however, the gym in question where some of these things supposedly occurred. It is virtually impossible to do anything in there without the world seeing it. It is crowded and there are no obstructed views. As for things that occurred outside of the gym, who knows??? There are six girls involved in the case, only one of whom is making any sexual allegations. It is a bit of a red flag. Sexual predators are pathological and don't just stop at one. Also, as a parent, I can tell you that I would not wait three years to nail the guy who even so much looks at my daughter inappropriately.
As I said, I know a few of the parties involved, and this article was completely one-sided. I don't believe the truth will ever be known.
I did nothing wrong

Danbury, CT

#57 Nov 25, 2008
Trail, could not agree more. It is quite a shame that our media reports the one side of a story (more often than not) and it really taints someones innocence. I did not realize that someone had referred to his orientation (as it did not make sense to mention it anyway) - but thanks for the clear up. And (as a parent myself) I would agree with you - once someone crosses that line, it will be dealt with then and there - not three years down the line. I truly hope this gent gets as 'fair' a trial as he deserves.
Cue

“Rack-em, Sit, Shut-up, Repeat”

Since: Feb 08

Your Gene POOL Needs Chlorine

#58 Nov 25, 2008
I did nothing wrong wrote:
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Sorry - did not see this before I replied, so ignore the men/woman coaching portion of my reply :-)
NP

We were a little larger than the "mom and pop" ballet school around the corner. No USGF facilities fall with in that category that I am aware of. The equipment we had in the facility was puchased of the Kemper Arena floor in Kansas City after the United Gymnastics team was selected back in the 70's. The ex-wife was very good at her profession.

I am now married to another ballerina / gymnast -- it does help to know a jete from a demi plie. My present wife of 15 years is also a doctor so we are not in the business.:)
I did nothing wrong

Danbury, CT

#59 Nov 25, 2008
Cue wrote:
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NP
We were a little larger than the "mom and pop" ballet school around the corner. No USGF facilities fall with in that category that I am aware of. The equipment we had in the facility was puchased of the Kemper Arena floor in Kansas City after the United Gymnastics team was selected back in the 70's. The ex-wife was very good at her profession.
I am now married to another ballerina / gymnast -- it does help to know a jete from a demi plie. My present wife of 15 years is also a doctor so we are not in the business.:)
You know what stinks about this situation is that the media has already given one very slanted view of this person (good or bad) before all the facts are even out. This is why I hate this type of 'news reporting' because it then becomes a feeding frenzy of sorts. Also, I do not blame you guys for not continuing the business in this day and age :-)
Why Wait

Mansfield Center, CT

#60 Nov 29, 2008
It is so sad in a society like ours, that whatever we read automatcally becomes the truth. All of the facts have not yet been told. Three years is a awful long time to wait. Why agree to attend a Yankee game if these sexual acts were taking place prior? Something doesnt't add up. People are making comments "Burn his house down", "Hope he gets his". Well I hope he does get his--a fair trial with both sides told. People remember, he is charged not convicted--BIG DIFFERENCE-
nyer

East Meadow, NY

#61 Dec 1, 2008
somethingstinks wrote:
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Did you read what he is charged with? Go back and read slower.
he is quite gay!!!..hes been verbaly abusing kids for many many tears

“What?”

Since: Jan 08

New Milford

#62 Dec 1, 2008
nyer wrote:
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he is quite gay!!!..hes been verbaly abusing kids for many many tears
Is the verbal abuse of kids an indicator of being gay?
I know ALOT about this

AOL

#63 Jul 21, 2009
Trial by Media wrote:
I brought up Russell's sexual orientation as it was questioned earlier in this forum. I agree that there are three sides to every story. And, unfortunately none of us were privy to any of these incidents. I do know, however, the gym in question where some of these things supposedly occurred. It is virtually impossible to do anything in there without the world seeing it. It is crowded and there are no obstructed views. As for things that occurred outside of the gym, who knows??? There are six girls involved in the case, only one of whom is making any sexual allegations. It is a bit of a red flag. Sexual predators are pathological and don't just stop at one. Also, as a parent, I can tell you that I would not wait three years to nail the guy who even so much looks at my daughter inappropriately.
As I said, I know a few of the parties involved, and this article was completely one-sided. I don't believe the truth will ever be known.
I just have to comment on this...
The violations happened during private lessons....when no one was there at the gym besides Russ and the girl. He gave privates to a few of the team members. Two of which accused him of abuse.!!!! This type of crime is not sexually based....it is a crime of control!!!! If you really knew Russ you'd know he is all about controll!!!! So therefore it has nothing to do with his sexual appetitie.It has happened to more then one but she will not come forward with the complete truth as she is affraid. Please do not judge this situation. These girls are hurting and will hurt for the rest of their lives. YOU WERE NOT THERE!!!! You do not know anything about this other then what you have read. STOP!!! Think of the girls involved, thye could be your daughters or granddaughters. You should applaud them for coming forward not make fun of them or look down on them. Russ was a great coach, BUT A VERY SICK, MEAN, ANGRY, ALCOHOLIC, DEPRESSED man. You did not really know him. Very few did. Brian the owner did know him,... but took along time to get rid of him. Too bad he could have protected other girls from getting hurt.
Gymmommie

United States

#64 Jun 19, 2011
Russell will get his! If I were a parent of a child who attended the New Milford gym I would sue the gym owner! She is just as guilty as he is. The poor kids who were victims of these two pigs will be forever changed by what happened to them. Her gym should be banned by USAG and no parent or decent person who loves a child should give this evil woman their money.I saw a video done by ESPN the other night about bad coaches and the Elite gym center's owner actually knew that she had a child molester in her facility and chose money over the children's well being! What kind of a person does something like that? The video link is disturbing, but it's a MUST WATCH! The link is E 60 Violated
Lucky McGee

Reading, MA

#65 Jun 20, 2011
holy crap wrote:
There's a boob fairy? I will now hope and pray for the boob fairy to come visit me.
aww I love the boob fairy!

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