US Olympic swimmer accuses coach of abuse


In a search warrant affidavit, a Homeland Security Investigations special agent said investigators responded to claims that took sexually explicit photos of more than a decade ago. was a U.S. Olympic swimming coach in California at the time, a position from which he resigned in 2010 amid speculation that he was sexually involved with a swimmer.

Hutchison denies abusing Kukors and has not been charged with a crime. Hutchison was served a search warrant by a Homeland Security Taskforce along with local Washington State police to go through his Seattle apartment earlier this week.

Kukors, a Seattle-area native, claims Hutchison began grooming her for a sexual relationship when she was 13, and he was her coach at King Aquatic Club in Washington. Schubert at that time coached Olympic hopefuls at FAST and said he reported the rumors to Hutchinson's bosses.

Mr. Hutchison has worked with several Olympic swimmers, including the medalists Margaret Hoelzer, Caroline Burckle and Kara Lynn Joyce. He once put a paper ring on my ring finger that read, 'My handsome Ari, ' and told me he wanted to spend his life with me. He once put a paper ring on my ring finger that read, "My lovely Ari", and told me he wanted to spend his life with me.

USA Swimming said it hired an independent private investigator in 2010 after learning of rumored relationship between Hutchison and Kukors, then 21.

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

It's another scandal for the US governing body of swimming and for the sports world, which was rocked by a litany of sexual misconduct by former USA Gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar. It said it was notified in January of a case against Hutchison filed with the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

Hutchison's bio has been removed from the website.

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Kukors said Hutchinson "meticulously controlled and manipulated" her, and that she "was lying to everyone" during their relationship, including her family.

It's another scandal for USA Swimming and for the sports world, which was rocked by a litany of sexual misconduct by former USA Gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar.

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, now 28, said in a statement Wednesday that she went to police to report that Hutchison sexually assaulted her on trips and while training at Seattle area pools.

U.S. Olympic swimming coach Sean Hutchison is denying allegations that he sexually abused Ariana Kukors, a 2012 Olympic swimmer from Auburn, Wash.

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

'But in time, I've realized that stories like my own are too important to go unwritten.

Hutchison left a Southern California program where he trained young women on the US team in 2010 after speculation that he was sexually involved with a swimmer.

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'I absolutely deny having any sexual or romantic relationship with her before she was old enough to legally make those decisions for herself. "I deeply regret that she would make these wild allegations all these years later".

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

The investigation into the allegations against Hutchison is yet another dark spot for the US Olympic Committee.

Mendoza is representing Kukors along with San Jose attorney Bob Allard.

In Britain, Olympic coach Paul Hickson was sent to jail for 17 years (later reduced by a few years) after being found guilty of multiple rape and sexual assault charges against teenage swimmers; and in Ireland Olympic coach Derry O'Rourke became known as the monster of a "chamber of horrors" when the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard in 1998 the then 51-year-old plead guilty to 29 charges relating to 11 girls and covering "unlawful carnal knowledge" of girls under 15, sexual assault and indecent assault, all committed between 1976 and 1992.

"I was astounded that it was closed so quickly", he said in a telephone interview from San Diego, adding that a thorough investigation may have uncovered other problems, including allegations of underage abuse.

"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 "I sincerely hope that if they're investigating at 21, did they ask what happened before 18?"

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