36 USA Swimming Coaches Molested Teen Athletes
Families sue coaching authority for lax oversight
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2010 4:25 PM CDT
Daichi Suzuki, left, 1988 Olympic Swimming gold medallist, swims during a practice with young swimmers in Copenhagen, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2009.   (AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer)

(Newser) – USA Swimming has been rocked by the disclosure that 36 coaches have been banned for life for molesting teen athletes over the last 10 years, according to a suit brought by victims' families. Coaches secretly videotaped, fondled, and were otherwise indecent with their charges, court papers reveal. One coach in Indiana set up a camera in a "special" shower room and secretly filmed his athletes while they bathed, ABC News reports.

In some cases, the itinerant coaching lifestyle allowed predators to stay one step ahead of authorities and victims' families. Another coach, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison last year for molesting over a dozen female teens, would switch towns after arousing suspicion. His 30 years of sexual predation highlight the ineffectiveness of background checks by USA Swimming, the sport's national governing body, which cleared him in 2008.

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followupnewsnetwork
Apr 10, 2010 4:30 PM CDT
You throw your kids out of the car and pick them up in 2 hours. You get a well deserved break from your off-spring and they get molested.
monthofsundays
Apr 10, 2010 2:06 PM CDT
Holy Chlorine! New rule: steer clear of priests who float. They are witches!
izZY
Apr 10, 2010 11:18 AM CDT
This was No Accident .. Its Very Suspicious That 36 USA Swimming Coaches Were Able To Get These Job In The First Place. We Not Talking About Just A Few .. But 36 , If Thats The Case , We Americans Have Gotten Dumber And Dumber... The Churches Can Hide There Own Molestion , i Wonder How The USA Swim Team Will Handle This in The Coming Dayz.