Ex-swim coach's home searched amid sexual abuse allegations

11 Febrero, 2018, 00:30 | Author: Misty Newman
  • Kukors told officers that he kissed and touched her when she was 16 and engaged in sexual activity with her when she was 17

It increased to include kissing, fondling and the coach putting a finger inside her vagina, she told investigators.

Ariana Kukors, now 28, told Department of Homeland Security investigators that Sean Hutchison abused her starting in 2005 and took thousands of sexually explicit photographs of her when she was a minor, an affidavit for a search warrant says. "But he said he loved me, and I thought he held the keys to my future - not just to my swimming career, but to my whole life".

While the investigation against Hutchison continues, there have been no formal charges filed against the former USA Swimming coach.

The Department of Homeland Security with assistance from the Des Moines, Washington police department conducted a search warrant on Hutchison's apartment just south of Seattle.

Accusations of sexual misconduct rocked the sports world after dozens of women came forward to accuse former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of abuse.

"He has a totally different approach", Caroline Burckle, a member of the USA Swimming/FAST training group, told the Register in 2010.

"In January of 2011, USA Swimming investigated the claims made against Sean and myself", Kukors wrote.

"I never thought I would share my story because I was able to leave a frightful monster and build a life I could have never imagined for myself", she said in a statement Wednesday.

Kukors retired from swimming after the 2012 games, and moved to Seattle to live with Hutchinson until she broke off the relationship in 2013.

"At no time did I ever abuse Ariana Kukors or do anything with her that was not consensual", he said in a statement. "I absolutely deny having any sexual or romantic relationship wit her before she was old enough to legally make those decisions for herself", the statement said.

In her essay, which a representative confirmed, Kukors describes the first time she remembers Hutchinson behaving inappropriately toward her.

The investigation comes amid scrutiny over the supervision of people who work with young athletes.

Bob Allard, an attorney for Kukors, likened USA Swimming's role with Hutchinson to that between the U.S. Olympic Committe and convicted pedophile Larry Nassar in a statement.

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Born on June 1, 1989, Kukors is a former Olympic swimmer and former world record holder for the 200-meter individual medley.

"If this organization had immediately reported what it knew to authorities, Hutchison likely would have been stopped, Ariana would have been spared years of abuse, and countless other young girls would have been protected from this sexual predator."

In the wake of the Larry Nassar and Michigan State University, USA Swimming should be on high alert.

Hutchison said in a statement to the New York Times the accusations were not true.

Saltzstein said he believes relationships between swimmers and their coaches are inappropriate and represent an imbalance of power.

"Over the last several years, Ariana has worked with USA Swimming as on-camera talent in its digital productions and has truly become a member of the family", the organization said.

Former U.S. national team director Mark Schubert has acknowledged leaking rumors about Hutchison and Kukors to the Washington Post in December 2010.

Schubert said the head coach hired a private investigator to follow Hutchison.

The case was previously the subject of inquiry but yesterday USA Swimming, the national federation, was quoted as saying that it learned of the sexual abuse claim from the swimmer only this week.

Kukors said the sexual abuse began at age 16, while Hutchison was a coach at KING Aquatic Club in Federal Way, Wash.

Hutchison's bio has been removed from the website. Hutchison remained a club executive but had no "direct interaction with our swimmers for a very long time", it said. He is now listed as the CEO of King Aquatics.

"Naively, I should have probably realized it could have started earlier and could have been abuse". Later in 2009 he was named coach of a elite US national team training group in conjunction with the Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team that worked out at the Janet Evans Swim Complex.



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