Judo Official Quits After Sexual Abuse Allegations

Last month we introduced you to Fletcher Thornton, a member of USA Judo’s executive board. No we didn’t literally introduce you to this guy, that would be a little scary - especially if you were a teenage girl.

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We introduced you to the allegations that Thornton drugged and sexually molested teenagers he had coached in the late 1970s. The allegations that came to light as a result of a blog post written by one of USA Judo’s top athletes, Ronda Rousey on her own Web site and message posted on JUDO FORUM. Along with these allegations, Rousey also mentioned that USA Judo had ignored the accusations against Thornton.

Today THE NEW YORK TIMES reports that Thornton has resigned, “A statement by USA Judo said that Thornton resigned Friday, effective at midnight. He was in Orlando, Fla., to referee Junior Olympic matches at Walt Disney World on Friday.”

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Olympic Blog: Judo Star Makes Molestation Claim

Olympic sports blog FOURTH PLACE MEDAL reports allegations from USA Judo Olympian Ronda Rousey on her personal Web site and on JUDO FORUM that the Director of Standards and Certification, Fletcher Thornton, has been accused by multiple girls of molestation.

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Rousey accuses Thornton of having logged “dozens” of molestation complaints, including police reports. She also claims that American judo referees will not speak against him because he controls their assignments; in a later response, she notes that she’s pleased that “no domestic referees will be officiating my matches for at least a year”.

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