Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Sean Hutchison Accused of Sexually Abusing Olympian Ariana Kukors When Underage

Sean Hutchison Accused of Sexually Abusing Olympian Ariana Kukors When Underage

A former U.S. Olympic swimming coach's home in Seattle was searched this week by investigators as a result of allegations that he "took nude photos of a teen swimmer he was sexually exploiting", reported late Wednesday.

"I never thought I would share my story because I was able to leave a terrible monster and build a life I could have never imagined for myself", she said in a statement released through her attorneys Wednesday. But in time, I've realized that stories like my own are too important to go unwritten. According to the Register report, Kukors said Hutchison began grooming her for a sexual relationship when she was 13 and swimming for Hutchison on King Aquatics, which has seven locations in the Seattle area. She competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. While she hadn't heard of sexual abuse allegations against Hutchinson, she had heard rumors that he and Kukors had been in a relationship. "Prior to that time, I did nothing to "groom" her". "I deeply regret that she would make these wild allegations all these years later".

Kukors, the former record-holder in the 200-meter individual medley, placed fifth in the 2012 Olympics.

According to a search warrant affidavit, investigators responded to claims that Hutchison took sexually explicit photos of Kukors more than a decade ago. At that time, Rich Rodriguez had just been fired as football coach at the University of Arizona amid allegations of sexual harassment, Nassar hadn't been sentenced yet, and we were days from learning just how deep the corruption would run at Michigan State.

In 2002, soon after Australian-born Matthew Pedrazzini, a council swimming coach in Birmingham, England, was jailed for 15 years for unlawful intercourse with a girl and possession of indecent photographs, British Swimming and related organisations confirmed that they were investigating 20 cases of alleged child abuse by coaches, including two of sexual abuse.

The OCR piece features a pretty powerful statement from Kukors about her decision to come forward.

Kukors' attorney, Robert Allard said in a statement that USA Swimming was aware of Hutchinson's behavior, and didn't take appropriate action.

In a statement on Thursday, the governing body said their probe then found no evidence, with Kukors herself denying the existence of a romantic or sexual relationship.

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.

"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. "We stand by her, and all other victims, in their quest to break their silence and confront their horrific experiences".

The abuse allegedly began when Kukors was 16. It increased to include kissing, fondling and the coach putting a finger inside her vagina, she told investigators.

Authorities, who notified the U.S. Department of Homeland Security because of potential crimes outside the state, say detectives are working to determine what crimes are within the statute of limitations, where else they may have occurred and whether other potential victims or witnesses exist.

"I felt like I needed to tell somebody".

She wrote Friday that she and Hutchison didn't have intercourse before she turned 18.

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

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