More Sex Abuse Lawsuits Filed Against USA Swimming
San Jose child molestation victims’ rights attorney Robert Allard is filing separate sex abuse lawsuits against USA Swimming. These lawsuits establish that USA Swimming covered up what it knew about reported sexual misconduct by its member coaches. The lawsuits also further allege that the swimming organization did nothing to prevent the sexual abuse of minor athletes. As the National Governing Body (NGB) for swimming, the organization is responsible for selecting and training teams for the Olympics.
During the Jane Doe case against USA Swimming, email exchanges establish that USA Swimming’s executive director, Chuck Wielgus, ordered a sexual abuse complaint against coach Andy King be kept “confidential.” At least one other molestation complaint was submitted to Mr. Wielgus at about the same time. Despite the complaints, Wielgus declared under penalty of perjury in 2009, that he had not previously received any complaint or claim against King. He then again, repeated this claim on national television in 2010.
In the Jancy Thompson sex abuse case, documents show that USA Swimming and Pacific Swimming (a West Coast affiliate) were aware that member coach Norm Havercroft was under investigation by police for sexual molestation which occurred in 1996. Nevertheless, the organization allowed Havercroft to continue coaching. But, when the organization was asked in 2009 whether it knew of any prior allegations involving Havercroft, it denied knowledge.
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If your child and your family has been victimized by a USA Swimming coach, contact our attorneys at Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard. You get aggressive legal representation starting with a free and confidential case evaluation.
Mr. Allard has been honored for his work on behalf of molestation victims of swimming coaches. He is the 2012 California Attorney of the Year in the field of Public Interest.