Former US Olympian Kukors accuses coach of abuse

10 February, 2018, 11:02 | Author: George Williams
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"Prior to that time, I did nothing to "groom" her".

In her essay, which a representative confirmed, Kukors says that when she reached "the pinnacle of her sport" by qualifying for the 2012 Olympic team, she was petrified of how he would react. "I deeply regret that she would make these wild allegations all these years later". Nonetheless, Sean's coaching career continued as he's now the CEO of an elite Seattle-based swim team. During that time, he also coached Kukors.

Hutchison, 46, said in a statement last month and resent to CNN on Friday that everything he did with Kukors was consensual. She says Hutchison was partly why she retired in 2010.

"I never thought I would share my story because, in so many ways, just surviving was enough", Kukors said in a statment.

"I'd like to tell you it only happened a few times, but that was just the beginning of an extensive, abusive, and incredibly manipulative relationship that spanned the better part of the next decade of my life", Kukors wrote on her website.

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According to Ms. Kukors's statement, she realized that she had been abused only "through recent therapy and after years of suppressing memories of the pain and suffering", and that she was coming forward with her story on the recommendation of victims' advocates. "That their parents, mentors, and guardians are better able to spot the signs of grooming and realize it's tragic consequences before it's too late", said Kukors. Kukors said in a statement on Wednesday she came forward because she was anxious Hutchinson may still be abusing children.

The Register reported that the Department of Homeland Security with assistance from the Des Moines Police Department conducted a search warrant on Hutchison's apartment south of Seattle.

One of the senior lawyers representing Kukors, Robert Allard, stated: "Much like the USOC knew about Larry Nassar years before his arrest and did nothing, USA Swimming had notice in 2010 that Sean Hutchison was involved in an inappropriate coach-athlete relationship with Ariana and took no actions to protect her or other swimmers from this pedophile".

Hutchison was an assistant coach on the 2008 US Olympic swim team in Beijing, and head coach of 2009 US team at the world championships. Based on the information, USA Swimming retained an independent private investigator and conducted a full investigation into the rumour and the possible Code of Conduct violation.

USA Swimming's position is not entirely consistent either, critics have noted: it assumes they are prepared to ignore what she told them in 2011 and, potentially, accept that there could have been circumstances in 2011 that were not conducive to the swimmer and the coach telling the truth, while now stating in 2018 that they side with the swimmer and will help all victims of abuse in their "quest for truth".

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"I'm proud of her for talking about these things, and we need to talk about them".

A former world-record holding Olympic swimmer has claimed a Team USA coach sexually abused her and took naked photos over her when she was 17. They were alleged to have occurred between 2002 and 2007.

That same year, coach Sean Hutchison faced an investigation over his ties to Kukors, but it was closed with no misconduct found. USA Swimming said Thursday that it learned of the underage abuse allegations this week.

Kukors attended Auburn Mountainview High School and the University of Washington.

Hutchison responded on Thursday, saying in a statement published by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and other newspapers that he had a "committed relationship" with an adult Kukors, who lived with him for some time after the 2012 London Games.

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