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36 USA Swimming Coaches Molested Teen Athletes
Newser.com ^ | 4/9/2010 | Nick Mcmaster

Posted on 04/09/2010 2:47:33 PM PDT by GreaterSwiss

(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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: coach; crime; naughtyteacherslist; olympics; perv; sexcrime; sexoffenders; teamusa; voyeurism
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1 posted on 04/09/2010 2:47:34 PM PDT by GreaterSwiss
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To: GreaterSwiss

Are they going to blame Pope Benedict for this too?


2 posted on 04/09/2010 2:48:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GreaterSwiss

Parents need to be so much more cautious these days.


3 posted on 04/09/2010 2:49:10 PM PDT by GeronL (There is only a "Happily ever after" for you if you're the one writing your own script)
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To: dfwgator

Probably.


4 posted on 04/09/2010 2:49:59 PM PDT by svcw (Religion is like giving someone who is dying of thirst mouthwash.)
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To: dfwgator
Are they going to blame Pope Benedict for this too?

Well, the pope has been slow to take a position denouncing this.

5 posted on 04/09/2010 2:50:20 PM PDT by highlander_UW (First we take down the Democrats, then we clean the Augean stable that is the GOP.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

I was on swim team at a club and the coach got frisky with me one time and I kneed him in the crotch...then told my father about it. Needless to say...I never saw that coach again.....LOL!


6 posted on 04/09/2010 2:52:26 PM PDT by BossLady (<----Butler Alumnus - proud of my Dawgs!!!)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Between swimming and gymnastics they will have the whole world suspicioning that all coaches are predators and all female athletes are Lolitas. I don’t know what you would call a male athlete who is a seducer. You know it’s all the kids’ fault. “They made me do it; they came on to me” BIG SARC/off


7 posted on 04/09/2010 2:53:09 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: GreaterSwiss

Drudge had been teasing this all day on his home page, but with no link. First story I’ve seen on it.


8 posted on 04/09/2010 2:53:21 PM PDT by library user
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To: GreaterSwiss

If only they were allowed to get married!


9 posted on 04/09/2010 2:53:24 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Espiritu Santo, Espiritu Santo, renueva la faz de la tierra!)
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To: GreaterSwiss
This sounds pretty bad, but I wonder for purposes of comparison how many coaches nationwide does this body certify?
10 posted on 04/09/2010 2:53:58 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: GreaterSwiss

I thought only Catholics molested children.


11 posted on 04/09/2010 2:54:09 PM PDT by 999replies (Thune/Rubio 2012)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Bush’s fault


12 posted on 04/09/2010 2:54:52 PM PDT by hkp123
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To: 999replies

All of the swimming coaches ARE Catholic. /sarc


13 posted on 04/09/2010 2:56:19 PM PDT by library user
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To: colorado tanker
This sounds pretty bad, but I wonder for purposes of comparison how many coaches nationwide does this body certify?

You FAIL at journalism school!

How are you going to appropriately inflame and enrage your readers if you keep trying to put things into proper perspective?

14 posted on 04/09/2010 2:56:45 PM PDT by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Sick pukes!

It’s a good thing we’ve taken God out of our culture...no telling how bad it could have been then.../s


15 posted on 04/09/2010 2:56:54 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: Tax-chick; All
"If only they were allowed to get married!"

Gay Marriage Bouquet

16 posted on 04/09/2010 2:57:22 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman

Very good!


17 posted on 04/09/2010 2:57:56 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Espiritu Santo, Espiritu Santo, renueva la faz de la tierra!)
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To: dfwgator

Are they going to blame Pope Benedict for this too?
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They’ll throw Bush in there, too, for good measure.

On a serious note, tho......this is pretty damned horrific. Those poor kids. :(


18 posted on 04/09/2010 2:57:56 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: 999replies

Did you forget your sarcasm tag, or do you want to step outside?


19 posted on 04/09/2010 2:57:58 PM PDT by blu (Graffiti the world, I've seen the writing on the wall...)
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To: blu

To repeat an old FR saw:

“If you need a < / sarc > tag, you’re not paying attention.”


20 posted on 04/09/2010 3:01:53 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (A MAJORITY (51%) OF TEA PARTIERS ARE DEMOCRATS OR INDEPENDENTS - GALLUP)
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To: BossLady

Good for you. To do nothing is to encourage the perp. I would have done the same thing you did.


21 posted on 04/09/2010 3:02:22 PM PDT by cubreporter (Rush is an American Patriot. He has been blessed with exceptional wisdom. Thank God for Rush!!!)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Wait a minute! I thought the Pope could walk on water!


22 posted on 04/09/2010 3:02:26 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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Wait a minute! I thought the Pope could walk on water!

Even if he could, his detractors would just say, "See, he can't swim!"

23 posted on 04/09/2010 3:03:04 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GreaterSwiss

The Secret Service could not protect these people if that was my kid.


24 posted on 04/09/2010 3:03:40 PM PDT by MattinNJ (Yes, they did. Now, what are we going to do about it.)
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To: 999replies

While they too are guilty being in the postion they are in...no doubt about it but....blaming the Catholics is easy. I would love to know just how many “so called upstanding” citizens are equally as guilty.


25 posted on 04/09/2010 3:04:15 PM PDT by cubreporter (Rush is an American Patriot. He has been blessed with exceptional wisdom. Thank God for Rush!!!)
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To: GreaterSwiss

It is why my wife and I have always coached the children while young and always stayed with them while at practice giving them rides to and from events.

This is pretty sad.


26 posted on 04/09/2010 3:05:12 PM PDT by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: library user

“All of the swimming coaches ARE Catholic. /sarc”
LOL! Beat me to it.


27 posted on 04/09/2010 3:06:15 PM PDT by texteacher
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To: Tax-chick

Butch Lesbian coaches can’t marry in some states, that’s why they have to molest their young stars.


28 posted on 04/09/2010 3:06:55 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: a fool in paradise

Oh, duh! *forehead smack*

But seriously, how unsurprising that homosexuals are involved.


29 posted on 04/09/2010 3:07:41 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Espiritu Santo, Espiritu Santo, renueva la faz de la tierra!)
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To: GreaterSwiss

30 posted on 04/09/2010 3:09:36 PM PDT by wvguy (Montani semper liberi)
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To: edcoil

A few years back I took a friend’s daughter to soccer practice so I could get some photos of her for them.

Strangely enough not one person asked what the strange man was doing taking pictures of the preteen girls.


31 posted on 04/09/2010 3:10:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: GreaterSwiss

Sickening! We’ve very much been involved with competitive swimming over the period of time mentioned in the article.


32 posted on 04/09/2010 3:13:48 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

I remember some 55 years ago, when was in high school, a number of my friends were on the swimming team and talked about the coach doing weird things to them. Of course I was so innocent I did not understand. The coach was gone the next year.


33 posted on 04/09/2010 3:13:52 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: GreaterSwiss

Practicing your strokes...you’re doing it wrong.


34 posted on 04/09/2010 3:15:03 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: GreaterSwiss

Wow. This is astounding. I feel so very sad for these kids and all kids that deal with molestation.


35 posted on 04/09/2010 3:17:04 PM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: GeronL
Parents need to be so much more cautious these days.

It's just the reverse. In the old days, a coach like that met up with a rope or a shotgun, and the problem disappeared. Today, we're more careful and more understanding, and our kids are far less safe. I'd want to be very sure before I acted on an accusation, but if it happened to my kid there would be no point in a trial.

36 posted on 04/09/2010 3:29:03 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: TChris

:-))


37 posted on 04/09/2010 3:40:05 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: GreaterSwiss

You mean they didn’t transfer them to another school and hide these facts??


38 posted on 04/09/2010 3:41:54 PM PDT by RaceBannon (RON PAUL: THE PARTY OF TRUTHERS, TRAITORS AND UFO CHASERS!!!)
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To: dfwgator

The New York Times has a story in the works.


39 posted on 04/09/2010 3:44:08 PM PDT by Tribune7 (Only stupid, racists people support Obama.)
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To: library user

Coincidentally perhaps, I once dated a guy who told me that his Catholic high school swim team coach made the boys’ team practice in the nude (ewww . . .). They suspected afterward that he had some unsavory tendencies.


40 posted on 04/09/2010 3:50:05 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Banned for life? Ahh how about some jail time here. Is the NCAA protecting these freaks?


41 posted on 04/09/2010 3:53:05 PM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain called AMERICANS against amnesty - "racists")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Trunkless swimming at Catholic high schools was the norm, at least through the 1960s, in my experience.


42 posted on 04/09/2010 3:56:14 PM PDT by jobim
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I don’t think you went to a typical Catholic high school.


43 posted on 04/09/2010 4:03:06 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: jobim

I hope just for the boys.

That I did not know.


44 posted on 04/09/2010 4:05:29 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia; vladimir998

Chicagoland it was normal. And no schools were coed, but I don’t remember the norm for the girls.


45 posted on 04/09/2010 4:11:15 PM PDT by jobim
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To: GreaterSwiss

36 USA Swimming Coaches Molested Teen Athletes

Well hell, we ought to let swimming coaches marry (but not each other). That will solve the problem.


46 posted on 04/09/2010 4:15:07 PM PDT by TalBlack
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To: GreaterSwiss

If they would let them marry they wouldn’t have this problem.


47 posted on 04/09/2010 4:16:08 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: dfwgator

Did the pope “defrock” these people yet??


48 posted on 04/09/2010 4:17:15 PM PDT by sitetest ( If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: BossLady

Good for you. You rock!


49 posted on 04/09/2010 4:17:36 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: dfwgator

If only swimming coaches were allowed to marry...


50 posted on 04/09/2010 4:18:44 PM PDT by murphE ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." - GK Chesterton)
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