The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Former Illinois gymnastics coach pleads guilty

  • Print

URBANA, Ill. - A former University of Illinois men's gymnastics coach pleaded guilty on Tuesday to videotaping a gymnast in a campus locker room.

Jon Valdez, who also was the personal coach of Beijing Olympian Justin Spring, pleaded guilty to one felony count of unauthorized videotaping Tuesday in an Urbana courtroom, said Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz.

Valdez was sentenced to two years of probation and 50 hours of community service, Rietz said. He will also have to undergo mental health, substance abuse and sex offender evaluations.

Rietz said that, while Valdez does not face jail time, his professional future could be "effectively over."

"My understanding is it's a small world," she said.

Valdez hopes his plea puts the episode behind him, said his lawyer, Lance Northcutt of Chicago.

"He wishes for the plea to speak for itself in accepting responsibility and taking away an unnecessary distraction for the school and the athletes that are involved," Northcutt said.

He declined to discuss Valdez's future plans.

Valdez, an assistant coach at Illinois, was charged after a 22-year-old student gymnast found a video camera partially hidden under a T-shirt in a campus locker in September. The camera was pointed out of the locker through a small opening and would have been able to capture images of people changing their clothes, police said.

Valdez resigned in October as an assistant coach at Illinois, citing personal issues.

Northcutt has said a pending drunk-driving case in Wisconsin played a role in that decision.

Valdez had been on the Illini coaching staff since 2000 and was the personal coach for Spring at the Olympics.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Soca and Reggae Festival and Weekend Weather

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Someone or thing is taking advantage of the inactivity at Kapyong Barracks,hundreds of Canada Geese-See Joe Bryksa’s goose a day for 30 days challenge- Day 15- May 22, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A baby Red Panda in her area at the Zoo. International Red Panda Day is Saturday September 15th and the Assiniboine Park Zoo will be celebrating in a big way! The Zoo is home to three red pandas - Rufus, Rouge and their cub who was born on June 30 of this year. The female cub has yet to be named and the Assiniboine Park Zoo is asking the community to help. September 14, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Who are the real Bombers?

View Results

Ads by Google