US Olympic swimmer accuses coach of abuse


CNN does not normally identify people who make sexual assault allegations. 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".

The coach under investigation left a Southern California program where he trained young women on the US team in 2010 after speculation that he was sexually involved with a swimmer.

"Kukors claims that Hutchison started (in 2002) the process of child 'grooming, ' a practice utilized by child predators to obtain a victim's trust with the goal of sexualizing the relationship", the statement from her attorneys says.

Kukors said she first met Hutchison through the club.

Hutchison has denied allegations of misconduct or that he groomed her for abuse.

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. "We probably should have known at the time that something was going on but I never thought anything of it. but looking back on it now and her meeting a coach in a hotel room, it makes you wonder now what was going on".

Kukors who is now 28 years old became the world champion in 2009 in the 200 meter medley and placed 5th in the same event at the 2012 Olympics. She swam on the 2012 US Olympic team in London.

Man, oh man. Reportedly, Hutchison stepped down from his role with the U.S. Olympic team in 2010 amid rumors he was having relations with a swimmer. Hutchison remained a club executive but had no "direct interaction with our swimmers for a very long time", it said. "Hutchison left coaching shortly thereafter but remains a member of USA Swimming as the owner of a member club based in Seattle".

DHS searched Hutchison's apartment this week gathering electronic equipment on which they will look for photographic evidence of child pornography.

Kukors said she came forward to empower other victims.

Olympic medalist Margaret Hoelzer says she heard that coach Sean Hutchison was dating swimmer Ariana Kukors when Kukors was 21. Both denied a relationship at the time and the case was closed. Kukors is alleging their relationship began when she was a minor, and was the result of predation and manipulation from Hutchison. Hutchinson was an assistant for the 2008 Olympics team.

US Olympic swimmer accuses coach of abuse
US Olympic swimmer accuses coach of abuse

Mr. Allard said that United States of America.

Allard, Kukors' lawyer, said USA Swimming failed to protect the swimmer.

"Over the last several years, Ariana has worked with USA Swimming as on-camera talent in its digital productions and has truly become a member of the family", the organization said.

"We stand by her, and all other victims, in their quest to break their silence and confront their horrific experiences", the statement said.

The abuse allegedly began when Kukors was 16.

"I felt like I needed to tell somebody".

She stayed with Hutchison because he convinced her she would have her fastest swim times for him, she says. They later had a consensual sexual relationship, he says, and no grooming was involved. They were at an out-of-state meet, she writes, when "Sean snuck me into his room to finally give me my "gift"; I'll spare you the details, but the memory of that night will always haunt me".

Hutchinson did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Associated Press on Wednesday. Ariana Kukors told police that Hutchinson had coached her since she was 13, and took pictures of her when she was 17.

DHS said the investigation is in the preliminary stage.

Kukors' attorney in California, Robert Allard, compared his client's case to the one against Nassar.

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