Fmr US Olympic Swimmer Says Coach Sexually Abused Her as Teen

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Kukors claims Hutchison started sexually abusing her when she was 16.

Kukors told officers that he kissed and touched her when she was 16 and engaged in sexual activity with her when she was 17 at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Victoria, British Columbia, the document said. "So I told his boss".

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

Hutchison denied "having any sexual or romantic relationship with her before she was old enough to legally make those decisions for herself" and did nothing to groom her.

Kukors competed at the 2012 Olympics and retired the following year. Her younger sister also lived with us for several months and her mother was a regular visitor to our home.

'I deeply regret that she would make these wild allegations all these years later'.

Hutchison is now listed as the CEO of King Aquatics. 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. "Ariana Kukors is part of the King Aquatic family and we only want the best for her".

In a statement released Wednesday night, Kukors, a Seattle-native, said her former coach began grooming her - a term used to describe when a perpetrator will gain a victim's trust and break down their defenses - when she was a 13-year-old training at King Aquatic Club in Washington state.

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"I never thought I would share my story because I was able to leave a disgusting monster and build a life I could have never imagined for myself", she said in a statement Wednesday. I'd never been physical with anyone before but I now found myself alone with him, engaging in sexual acts and trying to hide my embarrassment when he sat in the women's locker room and watched me shower. "But in time, I've realised that stories like my own are too important to go unwritten".

'Not for the sake of you knowing my story, but for the little girls and boys whose lives and future hangs in the grasp of a horribly powerful and manipulative person. 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.

On Tuesday, investigators with a Homeland Security Department task force searched Hutchison's downtown Seattle apartment, according to Seattle PI.

Olympic medalist Margaret Hoelzer says she heard that coach Sean Hutchison was dating swimmer Ariana Kukors when Kukors was 21. "If this organization had immediately reported what it knew to authorities, Hutchison likely would have been stopped, Ariana would have been spared years of abuse, and countless other young girls would have been protected form this sexual predator".

Hutchison left a Southern California program where he trained young women on the USA team in 2010 after speculation that he was sexually involved with a swimmer. Hutchison was a US 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. An independent investigator cleared him of wrongdoing at the time, saying "there was no evidence to substantiate the existence of an inappropriate sexual or romantic relationship between Coach Hutchison and the athlete", the Washington Post reported in 2011.

USA Swimming did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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

A world-class swimmer says her former coach groomed her sexually from the time she was a teen.