Gymnastics coach sentenced for hidden cameras in gym bathroom

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RACINE, Wis. (WISN/KAKE) -

A former gymnastics coach in Wisconsin has been sentenced for hiding cameras in bathrooms and recording young women, many under 18 years old.

ABC affiliate, WSIN, reports that James Kivisto was sentenced to 17 years in prison on Friday.

"Don't you ever think I forgive you because I have not, and I will not," said one victim. "Since that day in March, my panic disorder and my depression have worsened. I have had panic attacks where I completely pass out."

Kivisto worked at the Wind Lake Gymnastics Center in southeast Wisconsin and recorded approximately 185 videos over the course of four years.

One mother, herself a victim, questioned whether she can tell her daughter to trust adults.

"Every time I enter the locker room, I search for camera because I'm scared that someone else is doing it to me," she said.

Kivisto admitted in to hiding the cameras and sexually pleasing himself, but tried to apologize in court.

"I would like to start by saying I'm sorry for what I have done and for the suffering I've caused to so many great people and families. There is no excuse for what I have done," he said.

The judge addressed Kivisto saying, "The victims through your journey, they feel violated. They were kids for God's sake. You took away their innocence."

Many of the counts were dropped in the plea bargain, which angered some parents who wanted Kivisto sent to prison for life.

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