Skip to comments.36 USA Swimming Coaches Molested Teen Athletes
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.
Are they going to blame Pope Benedict for this too?
Parents need to be so much more cautious these days.
Well, the pope has been slow to take a position denouncing this.
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!
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
Drudge had been teasing this all day on his home page, but with no link. First story I’ve seen on it.
If only they were allowed to get married!
I thought only Catholics molested children.
All of the swimming coaches ARE Catholic. /sarc
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?
It’s a good thing we’ve taken God out of our culture...no telling how bad it could have been then.../s
Are they going to blame Pope Benedict for this too?
They’ll throw Bush in there, too, for good measure.
On a serious note, tho......this is pretty damned horrific. Those poor kids. :(
Did you forget your sarcasm tag, or do you want to step outside?
To repeat an old FR saw:
“If you need a < / sarc > tag, you’re not paying attention.”
Good for you. To do nothing is to encourage the perp. I would have done the same thing you did.
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!"
The Secret Service could not protect these people if that was my kid.
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.
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.
“All of the swimming coaches ARE Catholic. /sarc”
LOL! Beat me to it.
Butch Lesbian coaches can’t marry in some states, that’s why they have to molest their young stars.
Oh, duh! *forehead smack*
But seriously, how unsurprising that homosexuals are involved.
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.
Sickening! We’ve very much been involved with competitive swimming over the period of time mentioned in the article.
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.
Practicing your strokes...you’re doing it wrong.
Wow. This is astounding. I feel so very sad for these kids and all kids that deal with molestation.
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.
You mean they didn’t transfer them to another school and hide these facts??
The New York Times has a story in the works.
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.
Banned for life? Ahh how about some jail time here. Is the NCAA protecting these freaks?
Trunkless swimming at Catholic high schools was the norm, at least through the 1960s, in my experience.
I don’t think you went to a typical Catholic high school.
I hope just for the boys.
That I did not know.
Chicagoland it was normal. And no schools were coed, but I don’t remember the norm for the girls.
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.
If they would let them marry they wouldn’t have this problem.
Did the pope “defrock” these people yet??
Good for you. You rock!
If only swimming coaches were allowed to marry...
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