Sex Abuse News & Information

Audrie Pott Case

Justice for Audrie Pott and Her Family Audrie Pott was just 15 years old when she was sexually assaulted. She was then photographed and humiliated at school by her assailants. Audrie Pott took her life eight days later. After waiting seven months for law enforcement to charge the assailants, the parents of Audrie Pott turned to attorney Robert Allard. Mr. Allard filed a civil lawsuit against the assailants and their families. The civil lawsuit and the publicity surrounding Audrie’s sexual assault and suicide led to two significant changes in the law and a public apology from the assailants. The San Jose Mercury News reported that the civil case did a “service to the broader public” by “reminding us of the courts’ ability to bring clarity to societal…

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Former O.B. Whaley principal convicted of failing to report child abuse

A Santa Clara County Superior Court jury convicted former O.B. Whaley Elementary School principal Lyn Vijayendran of failing to report suspected child abuse in the case involving former teacher Craig Chandler. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Vijayendran faced up to six months in jail if convicted. Vijayendran agreed to be sentenced immediately and Judge Deborah Ryan reportedly sentenced her to six months court probation, $602 in court fines, and 100 hours of community service. Attorney Robert Allard represents one of Craig Chandler’s alleged sex abuse victims. “This was a much deeper problem that involved much more than just one person making a horrible mistake,” Allard stated during the trial. “This was a systemic failure. In addition to the principal, at least one other…

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Rick Curl Charged with Sex Abuse of Former Swimmer

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 will be held accountable no matter when they’re caught. More on the sentencing as reported by the Washington Post. Update: February 21, 2013 According to media reports, former USA Swimming and Olympic coach Rick Curl has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing one of his former swimmers. Reports state that Rick Curl remains free on $50,000 bond. Curl will be sentenced on May 23 and is facing up to 15 years…

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Michael Phelps’ NBAC Removes Coach Accused of Sexual Abuse

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 in Baltimore. The news director offered an explanation for the first removal but not for the permanent removal. Swimming Coach Accused Of Molestation At North Baltimore Aquatic Club Editor’s note: Due to the serious nature of this story, WBAL news removed Tim Joyce’s story from the website earlier Wednesday to allow us to do our ‘due diligence.’ After personally interviewing unimpeachable sources who corroborated the information Tim wrote, the decision…

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Rick Curl Banned from USA Swimming

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 a signed settlement agreement with Curl’s signature in which Curl agreed to pay her $150,000 in return for not going to law enforcement for allegedly molesting her starting when she was 13 years old in 1983. Attorney Robert Allard who represents the victim has said from the onset that USA Swimming has known about Curl for years. Curl was referenced in the Jane Doe amended lawsuit filed in March of…

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Swim Coach Rick Curl Faces Permanent Ban

The Washington Post is reporting today that swim coach Rick Curl of the Curl-Burke Swim Club faces a permanent ban following allegations that Curl molested a 13-year-old girl beginning in 1983. The former swimmer produced a settlement agreement, signed by Curl, in which Curl agreed to pay her $150,000 for remaining silent about being molested. The Washington Post reports that USA Swimming has called for an emergency hearing before its National Board of Review to consider banning Curl for life. Attorney Robert Allard of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, who represents the victim, says that USA Swimming has known about Curl for years. Curl was referenced in the Jane Doe amended lawsuit filed in March of 2010. Despite USA Swimming having knowledge of Curl’s rumored past, Curl attended…

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Assemblyman Jim Beall and Molestation Victim Attorney Robert Allard Working to Strengthen California Child Molestation Laws

A Commitment to Enact Child Molestation Laws Favorable to Victims California Assemblyman Jim Beall is announcing proposed legislation that would strengthen California’s child molestation laws. The legislation was introduced with input from child molestation victims’ rights attorney Robert Allard and victims of USA Swimming coaching molestation. If passed, Assembly Bill 1628 would outlaw confidential settlements involving charges of child sexual abuse, raise the statute of limitations for victims seeking civil justice from age 26 to age 35, and require private entities that use public property, such as a soccer field or swimming pool, to conduct enhanced background screenings on individuals having access to children. Assemblyman Beall said, “the law must be changed to protect children, not child molesters.” “I have seen firsthand the horrific damage that…

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USOC Continues to Address Child Molestation Problems

More than one year after molestation victim attorney Robert Allard brought forth legal claims against USA Swimming and exposed the problem of child molestation in its coaching ranks, the US Olympic Committee (USOC) is finally following through on its recommendation to standardize child molestation policies among its National Governing Bodies. The U.S. Olympic Committee has distributed a new handbook, “Recognizing, Reducing and Responding to Misconduct in Sport: Creating Your Strategy”, to ensure safer training environments. The USOC formed a task force last year which recommended that national governing bodies adopt standardized policies following a number of sexual abuse and molestation cases against USA Swimming filed by a legal team led by attorney Robert Allard. For a confidential free consultation with an attorney, please give us a…

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Protection of School Children from Sexual Abuse Ordered by Court

Public school districts and their administrators have a duty to protect students from child molesters and sexual abuse, according to a California State Supreme Court ruling this week. What this means is that students may sue school districts for alleged sexual abuse by school employees if administrators ignore warning signs or fail to monitor employees. School principals and other supervisors “have the responsibility of taking reasonable measures to guard pupils against harassment and abuse from foreseeable sources,” Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar wrote for the court. The case involves a lawsuit filed against the William S. Hart Union High School District by a student who alleged that a counselor sexually abused him. The lawsuit said that school administrators knew or should have known that the counselor…

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