Students say gymnastics coach 'groome...

Students say gymnastics coach 'groomed' them

There are 670 comments on the story from Dec 2, 2007, titled Students say gymnastics coach 'groomed' them. In it, reports that:

The photograph shows an adolescent girl in a bathing suit kneeling before a man authorities say is gymnastics coach Steven Infante, whipped cream covering her torso.

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Salem, MA

#783 Apr 29, 2011
any news on the tria
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Kansas City, MO

#784 Apr 29, 2011

Jefferson, MA

#787 May 6, 2011
had enough wrote:
I am so sad... I thought you got it. You don't. You have no idea what Infante did to those girls - you weren't there. You are still believing the crap he is flinging. You are right about one thing...he is in a good place. Jail.
I don't think you understood what I had written. Yes, I did say he was in good place, jail... I said he took from them what he should not have taken and harmed them and used people and manipulated love relationships without considering the best interest of others. I said he needed to heal to be "right" and that he is getting some of that where he is, I hope. I do not see or talk to him and am trying to move on with my life... but I can't when I am being falsely accused of saying that I was a private investigator when I was legally helping him and his lawyer look through evidence - only because they had not allowed them any time to do this the months before and his investigator then could not be there. I said I was assisting Steve because his investigator couldn't be there. It was not wrong for me for wanting the press to report what he was actually being charged with. It was misleading to the public to report "repeated child rape beginning at age 14". I believe the report would have been accurate to say that he was being charged with "statutory rape of a student, a relationship that lasted 7 years and began with a kiss at age 14". Can't you see the difference in that report and why someone would be upset? Is it wrong for me to want the truth reported and to look for the truth when asked to legally assist the lawyer? Is it wrong for me to want someone I grew up with and cared for to heal and be a better person? I think everyone involved lied in this, but what upsets me is that the trooper and DA's office are out to harm me... a vendetta for going on this blog and trying to understand the truth and for all of us to heal. Or perhaps they think I will testify for him in the appeal... which is not the case at all. I, too, am a victim of his destructive behavior that is very confusing. It is a crime of misused love and manipulation and betrayal ... taking advantage for his own good without regard for the harm it may cause others. It is emotional abuse. It is not a crime of physical violence as the reports make it sound. I have said over and again that he harmed these women and I wished for their healing and I made apologies to them. It is not wrong for me to not want to hate him... to have faith that he can heal what has caused him to make these mistakes that harmed people. There can never be healing with hatred. I can feel pity for the women, for Ditullio and his family, for Infante and his family... and can hope that everyone heals and that is NOT wrong. I can understand why everyone made the mistakes they made and forgive them.
I know of a little boy who at 3 was thrown down the stairs by his mother, stabbed in the hand by her at 10 while trying to protect his father, who stayed awake late at night to protect his sisters from violence. I know the Dalai Llama said that everyone can mend their ways, but it is nearly impossible for someone abused as a young child. I can be proud of all the good that Infante did for others and how he tried to overcome his past and do right. I can see the good in everyone involved and wish the best for them. There is no reason anymore to try to punish him for past deeds, but to only wish
that he can get the help he needs to become "right", as I said. Why is it you condemn me for wishing for this? I have never felt so hated ...or ever hated.. before this blog. I ask that you all heal yourselves from the harm you have endured and harbor no anger towards anyone. For me, I need to heal, to get my life back together, to start making a living again; but I feel I will also be slandered
and possibly falsely convicted - a possible jail sentence... which would not allow me to do my work
and what I was put here to do.

Austin, TX

#789 Oct 6, 2011
I was chosen for this case. I have a 12 year old daughter. Ditulio's actions were deplorable. So many details that were left out. Don't sugar coat any of the facts here people. Once your innocense is taken, you can't get it back. These guys were predators. It didn't take long for us to deliberate. I give all the women who took time out of there lives a lot of credit. They traveled far to testify against Ditulio. God bless them all for their courage and breaking the chain.
Over and done

Woodstock, GA

#791 Oct 6, 2011
Juror8- So much has been posted on this blog through the years. So many 1/2 truths and "opinions" on the actions of these two men. The justice system had the final say. Thank You Juror8. Thank You for finding them criminally responsible for their actions.
Had enough

Exeter, NH

#792 Oct 6, 2011
Thanks for sharing. Im glad you saw the situation for what it was. Unfortunately it has taken most of us years to process what this whole thing was and to put all the various, screwed up pieces together. These behaviors spanned decades. It has changed everyone involved, forever.

Chester Springs, PA

#793 Oct 8, 2011
Thanks to Juror8 and the others for understanding pretty quickly what this was all about. Most of it did not make it to the public ears and it never will. It has changed everyone involved and we can't have that back. But again, thank you for being one of the 1st to recognize that.

Hingham, MA

#795 Oct 8, 2011
Well I guess you all got played by "juror8" Hahahahaaha

Hingham, MA

#796 Oct 8, 2011
Nice... All emotional about the "good juror" screwed the defendant... And after all it's just the same guy talks about blacks blacks blacks!!!! Poetic justice... He shoulda waited a few more days for the sappy "you go girl" comments!!! Pathetic.

Austin, TX

#798 Oct 12, 2011
Some people have nothing better to do with their time. Fake Juror8 wasn't posting from Irvine, that's how we all know it wasn't me who made the post. I will no longer visit this thread. I will say that before this case, I had no prior knowledge of any of the people accused, having said that... once presented with the FACTS and not hearsay, it was easey to come to the guilty verdicts that were handed down.
Again, I applaud all the women who came forward and took down these scumbags. And remember, Juror8 will only post from Irvine Cal, not Ma.

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