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Court bars, fines ex-Brazilian gymnastics coach accused of sex abuse

A former gymnastics coach with Brazil's national men's team has been banned by a court after being accused of sexual abuse. Fernando de Carvalho Lopes was also fined $400,000 US on Sunday.

40 athletes stepped forward with allegations in a local TV report last April

A Brazilian court on Monday barred former gymnastics coach Fernando de Carvalho Lopes. A year ago, he denied sexual abuse accusations during testimony to a senate committee in Brazil, suggesting his accusers might have aligned their stories or been coached. (Eraldo Peres/Associated Press/File)

A former gymnastics coach with Brazil's national men's team has been banned by a court after being accused of sexual abuse.

Fernando de Carvalho Lopes, who was also fined in $400,000 US on Sunday, was first accused by a 12-year-old gymnast in 2016. That case is still under investigation.

A report of TV Globo in April 2018 said 40 athletes had accused Lopes of sexual abuse or harassment.

Lopes, who worked mostly with youth teams, was removed from his position with Brazil's national team one month before the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

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At the time, Lopes was coaching Diego Hypolito, who won a silver medal in the floor exercise in Rio. Hypolito has said he was not abused by Lopes.

Lopes also coached at a club outside Sao Paulo called Mesc. Many of the accusations came from athletes training with the club.

Prosecutors recently said the cases involving the coach took place between 1999 and 2016.

Lopes, who can appeal the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, was not present at the trial in the northeastern city of Aracaju. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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