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Parents in disbelief after gymnastics coach arrested for child porn

RACINE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) – A Racine County gymnastics coach remains behind bars just a day after he was busted for secretly recording children who were changing clothes in the restroom.

CBS 58 spoke to parents who are now looking for other gymnastics groups for their children to join after learning about the arrest.

49-year-old James Kivisto admitted to secretly recording his gymnastics students changing at Wind Lake Gymnastics.

Authorities carried out a search warrant after a parent reported a hidden camera had been found in the bathroom of the facility.

Officials also found several images of child pornography on Kivisto’s computer. For a parent whose five-year-old twin girls took classes at the facility, the news is troubling.

“The kids seemed to really like him and he’s the last person I would ever think.  He’s a really quirky person but never would’ve thought he was like this. I hope the truth definitely comes out to everybody and he gets what he deserves,” the parent told CBS 58.

Kivisto has owned and operated Wind Lake Gymnastics Center for the past 11 years and been a coach in the area for 30 years.

A press conference has been scheduled for Thursday by the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.


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