Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Drunk Gymnastics: New Sport For 2012 Olympics

Yesterday Suffolk County Police arrested a coach at a Port Jefferson gymnastics center for supplying a 14-year-old student with alcohol, which caused her to become ill.

Steven Lamensdorf, 22, of 19 Casey Lane, Mount Sinai, worked as a coach at Spins Gymnastics Academy, located on Bicycle Path in Port Jefferson Station. On March 27, he gave a 14-year student a bottle of Malibu rum, apparently as a reward for achieving a difficult gymnastics move.

The 14-year-old female drank the rum and became ill. A friend contacted the student’s parents who immediately transported her to St. Charles Hospital for treatment. After she was released from the hospital, her parents reported the incident to the Sixth Precinct Crime Section.

Lamensdorf was charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child 1st Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The parents notified the gymnastics academy of the incident and Lamensdorf’s employment was terminated.

Lamensdorf was released on bail and is scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip at a later date.