USA Swimming Coaches Molested, Secretly Taped Dozens of Teen Swimmers

In a sex abuse scandal that some victims compare to what happened in the Catholic Church, at least 36 swimming coaches have been banned for life by the USA Swimming organization over the last 10 years because of sexual misconduct with teenagers they coached. The coaches have molested, fondled and abused dozens of… [continue]


Two months after former San Jose swim coach Andrew King was sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually abusing girls he coached in the South Bay and the East Bay, the attorney for one of his victims is alleging King was part of a culture in youth swimming throughout the nation that ignores the swimmers’ cries for help.

San Jose attorney B. Robert Allard outlines the alleged widespread abuse within USA Swimming in an amended lawsuit filed late Thursday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. Representatives of USA Swimming could not immediately be reached for comment.

Allard, who represents a 15-year-old San Jose girl who was abused by King, and 1972 Olympic gold medal swimmer Deena Deardurff Schmidt are scheduled to discuss allegations against coaches and officials of the national body for swimming in the United States at a news conference this morning.

20/20 is running a piece on this tonight at 10pm on ABC.

You don’t justify a wrong by pointing to another wrong.

USA Swimming organization contacted appropriate authorities, did not reassign accused coaches, and acted quickly. Therefore the media does not condemn USA Swimming org. as harshly as the church.

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