Former Oz swim coach pleads guilty to child sexual abuse

Rick Curl had reportedly initiated sexual contact in 1983 with one of his swimmers Kelley Currin.

Written by ANI | Sydney | Published: February 23, 2013 3:15 pm

A former Australian swim coach,whose namesake club had become famous for its elite competitors,has pleaded guilty in a US court to child sexual abuse involving one of his former swimmers. Rick Curl had reportedly initiated sexual contact in 1983 with one of his swimmers Kelley Currin,then a teenager,which continued until 1987,when Currin left the area,following which the swimmer and her parents entered into a 150,000 dollar confidentiality deal with Curl,the Sydney Morning Herald reports. According to prosecutors,Currin,who had decided to come forward with the allegations against Curl last summer,planned to deliver a victim impact statement at the sentencing. Curl was subsequently banned from USA Swimming,the sport”s governing body and criminally charged,and his namesake organisation,the Curl-Burke Swim Club,has since been renamed the Nation’s Capital Swim Club,the report added.

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