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Accuser files first lawsuit against Boerne gymnastics coach jailed for sexual misconduct

The nine-year-old woman alleges 74-year-old Mike Spiller put his hand inside her leotard throughout a apply on the Boerne Gymnastics Center in April.

SAN ANTONIO — The mom of a nine-year-old woman is suing Boerne gymnastics teacher Mike Spiller on behalf of her baby, who alleges the coach molested her throughout a apply in April. 

The baby turns into the fifth individual to publicly accuse Spiller of sexual misconduct. 

In the lawsuit, plaintiffs declare the 75-year-old reached his hand beneath the woman’s leotard to make “unwanted physical, sexual” contact. The woman instantly known as her mom to retrieve her from the Boerne Gymnastics Center, the go well with says.

“The assault was immediately reported,” the doc reads. 

The accusers say the Boerne Gymnastics Center and its proprietor, Lorna Spellman, ignored prior reviews that Spiller engaged in inappropriate conduct with different youngsters.

“On multiple occasions, as recent as 2020, concerns of (Spiller’s) physical and sexual contact with minor children at the Boerne Gymnastics center has been brought to Lorna Spellman and Boerne Gymnastics’ attention, only for those concerns to be brushed under the rug and disregarded,” the go well with alleges. 

The plaintiff’s attorneys additionally declare Spiller lives on Spellman’s Boerne property. The two are shut mates, the attorneys say. 

Spellman addressed Boerne Gymnastics Center mother and father in a letter obtained by KENS 5, dated Nov. 29. She claims she filed a report back to USA Gymnastics’ watchdog SafeSport after the April incident. 

“We are appalled and heartbroken at the knowledge that someone that we hired to work at BGC has a history of sexual misconduct that we were unaware of,” Spellman wrote. “We did federal background checks multiple times on Mr. Spiller, each time he worked for us, and they all came back as clear.”

“Boerne Gymnastics Center will continue to be diligent in our vetting of anyone who has contact with your child while they are involved with us,” Spellman continued. “With all that being said, there are still opportunities for people like Mr. Spiller to slip through the cracks and we must be proactive to be protective of your most precious gift, your family.”

Making reference to Spellman’s letter, the plaintiff’s attorneys write “Spiller is not someone who ‘slipped through the cracks,’ but someone who was eagerly let into the door and allowed to stay and indulge his perverse actions for decades, ultimately resulting in the sexual assault of Plaintiff.”

Spellman didn’t reply to KENS 5’s newest request for remark. 

Spiller stays within the Kendall County Jail, charged with indecency with a baby. Police arrested him in November after one other girl accused him of exposing himself to her on a bus trip to the Boerne Gymnastics Center in 2001 or 2002. 

Another girl tells KENS 5 Spiller put his fingers inside her underwear at a Houston-area health club in 1983. 

Parents of two extra youngsters have retained attorneys, alleging Spiller engaged in “sexual abuse and inappropriate conduct” with their daughters. Those accusers haven’t but filed a lawsuit. 

Boerne police mentioned they’ve found allegations against Spiller which date again to 1976. Detectives additionally mentioned they imagine folks in different international locations have reported Spiller for sexual misconduct, too. 

Spiller has skilled 1000’s of kids in Texas, New Mexico, California, Hawaii, and Europe.

The lawyer who filed the lawsuit says the nine-year-old was “inspired” to share her story after watching others come ahead. 

“My nine-year-old never wants this to happen to anybody ever again,” Meredith Drukker Stratigopoulos, a Boerne native, mentioned Wednesday. “She wants this person to go to jail. She wants accountability in the way she can understand it. She is so courageous and brave to be willing to be part of that story.”

Drukker Stratigopoulos says the nine-year-old and her household have began a separate authorized course of with Boerne police. 

“This is a way for her to gain her power back from someone who attempted to take it from her,” the Watts Guerra associate mentioned. “The truth matters and the truth will prevail here.” 

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