Rick Curl banned for life by USA Swimming after abuse allegations
Following weeks of speculation of alleged sexual abuse, 63-year-old Richard Curl left his home in Vienna and went straight to police Thursday morning.
USA Swimming banned coach Curl for life for an improper relationship with a teenage swimmer in the 1980s, another ugly chapter in a sexual abuse scandal that rocked one of America's most successful Olympic sports.
Curl ran one of the nation's largest swim clubs near Washington, D.C. and coached 1996 and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Tom Dolan.
Curl voluntarily gave up his membership and will be added to USA Swimming's list of banned individuals, which is published on the organization Web site.
I trusted him and my parents trusted him. Everybody trusted him and that trust is broken,” says Kelly Currin, a victim.
Currin spoke with ABC7 by phone in July. She is accusing Curl of sexually abusing her when she was 13 years old on his swim team in the 80’s.
She claims the inappropriate relationship included sex several times, sometimes at the Georgetown Prep School in Bethesda where the swim practice was held.
“I couldn’t stand it anymore,” she says.
Currin’s attorney released this statement Thursday after Curl’s arrest:
"An untold number of childhood sexual abuse has occurred due to the callous inaction of those who knew about Mr. Curl's sexual predilections and did absolutely nothing about it. We urge the authorities, as they did with Penn State to now look into possible criminal conduct that has occurred within USA swimming."
Currin says she finally spoke out because Curl tried to pay off her family to keep quiet and she’s worried more victims are out there. She received a $150,000 settlement from Curl not to go to law enforcement with details of the illicit four-year relationship, a decision she still regrets.
“I feel guilty constantly because I have not done something to protect other sweet little girls,” she says.
USA Swimming’s Director of Safe Sport, Susan Woessner, reported the information USA Swimming received on Rick Curl to the Montgomery County PD on July 24, 2012 via phone, and via follow up email. USA Swimming has also completed its investigation and review process, which resulted in the organization permanently banning Rick Curl from USA Swimming membership on September 18, 2012.
The Associated Press contributed to this report