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USA Swimming Olympic Team Coach Rick Curl Accused of Sexually Molesting Kelley Currin

| by Michael Allen

Kelley Currin (pictured below) has accused one of the USA Swimming Olympic team coaches, Rick Curl, of sexual abuse, when she was a teen.

Currin, now 43, claims that Curl repeatedly sexually molested her when she was 13 [until she was 16] and paid her family, $150,000, to keep quiet in the 1980s.

According to the Washington Post, the USA Swimming team requested an emergency disciplinary hearing against Curl.

Currin told the Washington Post: "By the time I was 14, in my little 14-year-old brain, it was very much a love affair. I loved him. Any problem I had, he would fix it. I was stifled for 23 years from saying anything because I signed a piece of paper when I was 19. Now, I've gotten to the point in my life where I'm done being quiet about it. It was a crime, what happened."

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In response, Curl posted a statement on his swimming club's website stating that he was taking an immediate leave of absence.

According to the Daily Mail, USA Swimming released a statement: "USA Swimming was provided with information late on Friday afternoon which enabled it to initiate the Board of Review process. We requested an expedited hearing on Monday and have invited the alleged victim to testify. We hope she will take part in this process, as reporting remains an integral part of the Safe Sport Program."