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Prominent D.C. swim coach/teen sex accusation

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Moderator1, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Massive hat tip to our esteemed competition on this one. So those who covered it up should be in trouble, too? I'd say so. Doesn't rise to the Sandusky level on the disgust-meter but it still rises pretty high

  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    This story has been brewing for a long time in USA Swimming. In the Bay Area, a coach named Andy King was accused of molesting a teenage girl, and that touched off a flurry of allegations that he had been doing this for decades and, like the Catholic Church, USA Swimming took care of the problem by just moving him from place to place.


    ABC did an investigation focusing on King and another coach, and found that in all 36 coaches had been banned for life in the last 10 years. (Brian Ross, insert joke here, but the report was pretty damning.)


    Story says King passed a background check with high marks in 2008, even though credible allegations first surfaced in 2003.

    It could get ugly. Penn State, Catholic Church kind of ugly for the engineers of the cover-up.
  3. The swimming community is similarly cult-like.
  4. I know this is small potatoes given everything else involved, but I don't think accepting money would ever cross my mind if I found out someone 20 years my daughters elder had a relationship with her when she is barely a teenager. Beating the piss out of the adult in question, however, would.

    Sounds to me like it was consensual. I don't think that would make a difference for me, though.
  5. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    Uh oh...one of our own has some 'splainin to do! :D

  6. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    There is no such thing as consent when the girl is 13.
  7. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    And what the hell kind of lawyer would advise the parents "not to pursue the matter" ??

    Why not? Because the powerful and legendary swim club coach would wreak his revenge on you?

    I can see people being intimidated out of pursuing the Sandusky thing because of the clout of Joe Paterno, but swim club coaches barely have enough "clout" to get extra cheese on their sandwiches at Subway.
  8. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    Swim coach in Indiana is out after serving a whopping 19 months for similar charges

    There was also a lawsuit against other coaches he told, including one who responded with "Good catch"
  9. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Regarding the cult aspect ... here's another case from the Bay Area.


    A former Olympian and current swim coach at Cal, Kristen Cunnane, recently told her story about being raped by a middle school teacher long ago. In the course of revealing that story, the Contra Costa Times uncovered documents that showed that the school principal knew about and covered up the rape. Shortly after the documents surfaced, he resigned.

    Cunnane was scheduled shortly after this to give a swimming clinic at the country club where she grew up swimming. The club revoked her invitation because of the story she told. After getting hammered by bad publicity, they eventually relented and she did the clinic.

    Not a perfect example because the actual molestation occurred as part of school, but it was pretty sickening to see how far grown-ups will go to protect their own.
  10. nmmetsfan

    nmmetsfan Active Member

    We should ban swimming to teach those who created this culture a lesson.
  11. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    I could go along with that.
  12. I wouldn't go that far. Just prohibit the current swimmers on this coach's team from competing in national events for the next four years.
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