LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California judge has awarded $60 million to three female taekwondo competitors who were sexually abused by their coach.
The judgment was issued last week in Los Angeles Superior Court against coach Marc Gitelman.
Gitelman is serving more than four years in state prison for molesting the girls between 2007 and 2013.
Attorney Stephen Estey says the judgment was awarded after Gitelman failed to reply in the case.
The lawsuit alleged that the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Taekwondo failed to protect the young athletes, but the judge dismissed the case against the organizations.
Attorneys for the victims are challenging that decision in a state appeals court.
Yasmin Brown, Kendra Gatt and Brianna Bordon were minors when the crimes occurred. They agreed to let their names be used publicly.