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Fmr US Olympic Swimmer Says Coach Sexually Abused Her as Teen

Fmr US Olympic Swimmer Says Coach Sexually Abused Her as Teen

Investigators have searched the Seattle home of a former USA swimming Olympic coach amid allegations that he sexually abused and took explicit photos of a world champion when she was underage.

Ariana Kukors, 28, who was a member of the 2012 Olympic team and a 2009 World champion in the 200-meter individual medley, told police Hutchinson sexually assaulted her when she was 16 and continued the abuse until she was 24.

"He said he loved me, and I thought he held the keys to my future - not just to my swimming career, but to my whole life", she wrote.

Hutchison responded on Thursday, saying in a statement published by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and other newspapers that he had a "committed relationship" with an adult Kukors, who lived with him for some time after the 2012 London Games.

Hutchinson resigned from his post as a U.S. Olympic swim coach in 2010 after he was confronted with rumors that he was having a relationship with one of his swimmers, an accusation he denied.

A world-class swimmer says her former coach groomed her sexually from the time she was a teen.

Hutchison denied "having any sexual or romantic relationship with her before she was old enough to legally make those decisions for herself" and did nothing to groom her.

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In a statement released Wednesday night, Kukors, a Seattle-native, said her former coach began grooming her - a term used to describe when a perpetrator will gain a victim's trust and break down their defenses - when she was a 13-year-old training at King Aquatic Club in Washington state.

The Department of Homeland Security with assistance from the Des Moines, Washington police department conducted a search warrant on Hutchison's apartment just south of Seattle. The committee is still recovering from the sex abuse scandal of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor.

USA Swimming has since commented on the controversy as they confirmed that there was an investigation into the rumored relationship between Hutchison and Kukors.

In 2002, soon after Australian-born Matthew Pedrazzini, a council swimming coach in Birmingham, England, was jailed for 15 years for unlawful intercourse with a girl and possession of indecent photographs, British Swimming and related organisations confirmed that they were investigating 20 cases of alleged child abuse by coaches, including two of sexual abuse.

In this photo, swimmer Ariana Kukors poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot at Smashbox West Hollywood on November 16, 2011, in West Hollywood, California.

Hutchison was an assistant coach on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team after turning KING into a world class swim club. 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.

Kukos, now 28, said in a statement Wednesday she chose to come forward after all these years to do her part in empowering young women who might find themselves in similar, harrowing situations. "He was 34. I was 16". "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".

"I felt like I needed to tell somebody", Schubert said. The crimes happened between 2002 and 2007, when the victim turned 18. "Hutchison left coaching shortly thereafter but remains a member of USA Swimming as the owner of a member club based in Seattle". I was able to leave a frightful monster and build a life I could have never imagined for myself.


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