Ex-US Swim Coach Accused of Sexual Abuse

Olympian accuses ex-swim coach in Seattle of sexually abusing her when she was 16

Ariana Kukors, former UW swimmer and world-record holder, says former coach sexually assaulted her

Ariana claims her mentor began abusing her at just 13 years old - and it continued for over a decade.

Homeland Security launched an investigation on January 30 following a report from Kukors, according to the court documents, the Seattle PI reported. She claims Hutchison started sexually abusing her when she was 16.

The coach of former world-record holding Olympic swimmer has denied sexually abusing her and taking naked photos of her when she was 17. The team told Seattle PI that it recovered electronics that may contain evidence that the coach sexually exploited swimmers, including Kukors.

"A fellow coach from back East called me and said that there were rumors going around the swim meet about Sean".

Hutchison emphasized the mental aspect of the sport in his work with swimmers. "It's still hard to comprehend, but Sean had perfected the art of grooming; I wasn't even aware I needed saving". "So I told his boss".

Schubert says the head coach hired a private investigator to follow Hutchinson.

"All they could come up with was Ariana and Sean's cars parked together at 5 a.m.in the morning in front of his condo", Schubert said.

"The abhorrent abuses associated with Dr. Nassar's case and the allegations by US Taekwondo athletics and USA swimmers are disgusting and outrageous, and raise serious concerns about protecting athletes from abuse and mistreatment in organized sports", the committee's chairman, Greg Walden, said in a statement.

Hutchison, who left the U.S. Olympic team in 2010, is listed as the CEO of King Aquatic Club, a sports club in Seattleember sports club.

Hutchison's bio has been removed from the website.

"While it is not our policy to investigate in the absence of a formal complaint, we acted in the best interest of our athletes, coaches and organization to conduct a full investigation into this situation", Chuck Wielgus, USA Swimming's executive director at the time, said in a statement quoted in The Washington Post. Nonetheless, Sean's coaching career continued as he's now the CEO of an elite Seattle-based swim team. The organization revealed in 2010 that sex abuse allegations were mostly to blame for lifetime bans of 46 members and then said it set up training and enhanced screening for all coaches, officials and volunteers.

"Now with the benefit of hindsight and time, one would have to question whether there was any integrity to the first time they did this investigation", he said, adding that a more thorough inquiry may have uncovered other problems, including allegations of underage abuse.

"What I realized from my Olympic experience was that I really understood more than ever that I really just like teaching and trying to get people understand and believe that they can do something that they didn't think they could do".

"I've realised that stories like my own are too important to go unwritten", the 28-year-old said in a statement on Wednesday. She wrote that she carries trauma from this alleged abuse with her still. I don't really have a particular love for swimming itself or sports in general, it was just the tool where I felt like I could help the best rather than being a college professor because of the amount of time.

The investigation into the allegations against Hutchison is yet another dark spot for the US Olympic Committee. Kukors' lawyer, Robert Allard said computers and phones were seized for examination.

"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", Allard said.

USA Swimming first discovered Hutchinson was having a relationship with a swimmer in 2010 and, when Kukors was interviewed as part of the investigation, she admits now she lied out of fear of the repercussions.

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