Ariana Kukors Smith Settlement

Attorney Robert Allard and his legal team represented Olympian Ariana Kukors Smith in her sexual abuse lawsuit against USA Swimming. Mr. Allard negotiated a lawsuit settlement. The following press release was issued: Ariana Kukors Smith and USA Swimming announce settlement of sexual abuse lawsuit SAN JOSE, CA – March 11, 2020 — The sexual abuse…

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Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard Sexual Abuse Attorneys

For decades, powerful institutions have used legal loopholes to evade accountability by blocking sexual abuse victims from filing lawsuits for justice. But Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) is now the law. It changes everything for thousands of victims who were previously sexually abused or assaulted by teachers, coaches, counselors, janitors, childcare workers, clergy, or bus…

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coach jeremy anderson

Canyons Aquatic Club swim coach Jeremy Anderson may have died while in the custody of US Marshals in Costa Rica but for a number of his alleged sexual abuse victims, the long-term consequences of sexual abuse will live on forever. Learn more about how swimming organizations honored the coach and allowed him access to young kids.

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shunichi fujishima

The January 2019 arrest of Stockton Swim Club Coach Shunichi Fujishima has exposed yet another youth athletic organization that ignored its duty to protect the children in its care. Fujishima, 23, faces criminal charges that he had unlawful sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl he was coaching at the Stockton Swim Club. The club is…

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shunichi fujishima

Stockton Swim Club coach Shunichi Fujishima, also known as Coach Shun, is facing child sexual abuse charges following his arrest for sexual penetration with force with a child under 14 years old, sending harmful material to a minor, oral copulation, and two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child.  Meanwhile, “investigators are looking…

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20/20 Exposes USA Swimming Sexual Abuse

With reports that nearly 600 swimmers were sexually abused by more than 250 coaches & officials, USA Swimming announced the resignations of two key leaders. Attorney Robert Allard asked new USA Swimming President and CEO Tim Hinchey to terminate both Susan Woessner and Pat Hogan if he wanted to send a positive message to the swimming community that the organization was moving in a different direction in terms of protecting children from pedophile coaches. Hinchey is commended for taking the request seriously and ultimately forcing the resignations of these two individuals who were at the heart of the scandal which has rocked this great sport.

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Coaching Sex Abuse

An explosive report from the Orange County Register claims that a culture inside USA Swimming allowed the sexual abuse of 600 young swimmers by more than 250 coaches. Investigative reporter Scott Reid, longtime reporter of Olympic sports and one of the first to document sexual abuse inside USA Gymnastics, reports that “USA Swimming board members…

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San Jose Quicksilver swim club and USA Swimming-affiliated coach Timothy Nguyen is facing child sex abuse charges following his arrest for inappropriate sexual conduct with at least three victims and possibly more. Quicksilver was formed during the time that San Jose Aquatics faced a lawsuit for enabling child molester Andy King to sexually abuse at least one of his swimmers.

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Coaching Sex Abuse

The success of famous athletes such as Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin inspires children across the nation to start swim lessons. Learn how to protect your kids from coaches who abuse their relationships.

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Less than six months after being inducted into the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Hall of Fame, legendary coach Joe Bernal has apparently been removed from the Hall of Fame for alleged inappropriate sexual misconduct. Bernal is also banned from USA Swimming. Bernal coached Olympic gold medalist swimmer David Berkoff. Berkoff later served on the USA…

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Coach Tim O’Brien Banned by USA Swimming On March 7, 2016, swimming coach Tim O’Brien—the 2015 USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year—was added to USA Swimming’s list of banned coaches. USA Swimming is the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, and its member swim clubs train future American Olympians. The…

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Update: May 23, 2013 Rick Curl was sentenced to 7 years in prison for the sexual abuse of Kelley Davies Currin more than 30 years ago. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Marielsa Bernard imposed a 15-year sentence, with all but seven years suspended. The Judge thought it was important to send a message that criminals…

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A former student of a high-level coach with ties to the North Baltimore Aquatic Club recently came forward with sexual abuse allegations against that coach. These allegations resulted in the coach’s resignation, the club taking unprecedented action, and USA Swimming seemingly taking steps to protect the coach. Here is Tim Joyce’s original story, removed twice by WBAL…

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Todd Sousa has pleaded not guilty to charges of having sex with one of his 15-year-old swimming school students. He was arrested in August and accused of having sex with the girl about a month after he finished a prison sentence for sex with another 15-year-old swimming school student. Sousa was the former co-owner of…

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Former Olympic Coach Rick Curl has been banned permanently from USA Swimming, apparently giving up his fight on the day of his National Board of Review hearing. Curl is now listed with some 60+ coaches on the USA Swimming list of banned coaches and individuals. Kelley Davies Currin came forward publicly earlier this year with…

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