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Former USA Swim Team Coach Faces Sexual Abuse Allegations

A former world-record holding Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors has claimed a Team USA coach sexually abused her and took naked

A former U.S. Olympic swimming coach's home in Seattle was searched this week by investigators as a result of allegations that he "took nude photos of a teen swimmer he was sexually exploiting", seattlepi.com reported late Wednesday.

Ariana Kukors, who represented the United States in the 2012 Olympic Games, said Sean Hutchison, then a coach for USA Swimming's national team, began "grooming" her for a sexual relationship when she was 13.

"I never thought I would share my story because, in so many ways, just surviving was enough", Kukors said in a statment.

Kukors, now 28, also told authorities that Hutchison took thousands of sexually explicit photographs of her when she was a minor, according to a search warrant document by a federal agent.

Hutchinson is said to have left the U.S. Olympic team in 2010 when rumors surfaced about a sexual relationship with a swimmer.

In response to Mr. Hutchison's statement, B. Robert Allard, one of Ms. Kukors's lawyers, said: "Ariana was groomed and manipulated as a minor by her trusted swim coach". "But in time, I've realised that stories like my own are too important to go unwritten".

Now, Kukors says there was - and so does Hutchison, the coach's statement emphasising that, as far as he as concerned, sex was consensual and did not happen until Kukors was of legal age to make her own decisions on whether and with whom she would have sex.

The club said in a statement the news "broke our collective hearts".

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Accusations of sexual misconduct rocked the sports world when USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was convicted in court after more than 250 victims accused him of sexual abuse out of which 150 delivered heartbreaking accounts of their assaults. The US Olympic Committee has said it will appoint an independent investigator to probe the organization and USA Gymnastics to determine who knew what and when in that case.

"With the denials from both parties, the investigation provided no basis to conclude that a Code of Conduct violation occurred, and the case was closed", Isabelle McLemore, a spokesperson for USA Swimming said in a statement. The revelation about Hutchison comes after the swimmer, Ariana Kukors, said this week that he sexually abused her when she was 16.

Kukors once held the world record for the 200m individual medley and was a world champion in that event in 2009.

In her essay, Kukors, in detail, explained how after practice one day when she was 15, the coach asked her about her underwear and started kissing and touching her. "It is shocking, it is sad, it is mind boggling", said Olympic gold medalist Megan Jendrick, formerly Megan Quann, who trained with Kukors and was coached for five years by Hutchison. He once put a paper ring on my ring finger that read, 'My handsome Ari, ' and told me he wanted to spend his life with me.

In light of Ms. Kukors's allegations this week, the organization expressed support for her and other victims "in their quest to break their silence and confront their horrific experiences". "He was 34. I was 16". 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 deeply regret that she would make these wild allegations all these years later".

Hutchison didn't immediately respond to an email for comment Wednesday.

USA Swimming said it sent that case file to the U.S. Center for SafeSport when notified in January of a case against Hutchison.

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