Investigators with a Homeland Security Department task force on Tuesday searched Sean Hutchison's downtown Seattle apartment, recovering electronic devices they say may contain evidence that Hutchison sexually exploited swimmers in his coaching stable.
Now, Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors is speaking out against former USA coach Sean Hutchison, who she alleges sexually abused her and photographed her nude when she was 16 years old.
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"I never thought I would share my story because, in so many ways, just surviving was enough", Kukors said. 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.
I've realized that stories like my own are too important to go unwritten. Hutchison, who did not immediately reply to an email and a phone message late Wednesday (Thursday NZT), has not been charged with a crime. According to the Register report, Kukors said Hutchison began grooming her for a sexual relationship when she was 13 and swimming for Hutchison on King Aquatics, which has seven locations in the Seattle area.
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"Last night's news broke our collective hearts", KING Aquatic Club Head Coach Michael Brooks said in a statement. She also qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing fifth in the event. "I absolutely deny having any sexual or romantic relationship with her before she was old enough to legally make those decisions for herself".
Her time was beaten by three one-hundredths of a second in 2015 by Hungarian athlete Katinka Hosszú at the 2015 World Championships in Russian Federation. She swam on the 2012 US Olympic team in London.
U.S. Olympic champion swimmer Ariana Kukors has accused Hutchison of sexually abusing her starting when she was 16. 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. USA Swimming investigated the matter, but cleared him. Kukors said in a statement on Wednesday she came forward because she was anxious Hutchinson may still be abusing children.
"In 2010, USA Swimming became aware of a rumored relationship between Hutchison and then 21-year-old Ariana via a third-party".
"At no time did I ever abuse Ariana Kukors or do anything with her that was not consensual", he said in a statement released by his attorney.
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An Olympic swimmer who accused her coach of sexually abusing her as a minor says he controlled and manipulated her from a young age. It said it was notified in January of a case against Hutchison filed with the U.S. Center for SafeSport.
Kukors has its support, USA Swimming said.
"We stand by her, and all other victims, in their quest to break their silence and confront their horrific experiences", the statement said. It increased to include kissing, fondling and the coach putting a finger inside her vagina, she told investigators.
"I think back on those times now, tearfully asking why no one helped me. why no one stepped in to save me from this monster", she wrote Friday in her website statement. Police noted that the "suspect" was the alleged victim's swim coach but did not name Hutchison.
It's said the authorities were looking for sexually explicit photos Sean allegedly took of a teenage Kukors.
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DHS said the investigation is in the preliminary stage. The ASA and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children subsequently published a report on cases of abuse between 1996 and 2001.