Swim coach charged with child abuse

Banned swim coach Rick Curl turned himself in Thursday to face a
child abuse charge stemming from allegations of a sexual
relationship with an underage swimmer in the 1980s.

The Washington Post reported that the 63-year-old Curl made
arrangements to surrender to police in suburban Montgomery County,
Md. He was released on $50,000 bond and faces a Nov. 16 preliminary
hearing on the felony charge.

One of his former swimmers, Kelley Davies Currin, claims Curl
started a relationship with her in 1983 when she was 13. It lasted
for about four years until discovered by her parents. On advice of
counsel, the family settled the case with Curl for $150,000 rather
than pursuing criminal charges, a decision the alleged victim now
regrets.

Curl could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. There is
generally no statute of limitations on felony charges in
Maryland.

Currin’s attorney, Robert Allard, said his client “is pleased
that justice is going to be carried out against Mr. Curl but there
remains unfinished business.” Citing the Jerry Sandusky case at
Penn State, Allard renewed his claims that officials at USA
Swimming were aware of Curl’s abuse and covered it up for
years.

“We urge the authorities, as they did with Penn State, to now
look into possible criminal conduct that has occurred within USA
Swimming,” he said.

USA Swimming has maintained that it began investigating Curl as
soon it became aware of the decades-old case. He received a
lifetime ban from the organization last month after waiving his
right to challenge the allegation — the latest high-profile case
in a sexual abuse scandal that has rocked one of America’s most
successful Olympic sports over the last two years.

Curl’s attorneys, Thomas J. Kelly Jr. and Bruce L. Marcus,
issued a statement calling him a “devoted father and husband” who
over three decades “successfully coached hundreds of young men and
women.”

Curl was co-founder of the renowned Curl-Burke Swim Club in
suburban Washington and coached 1996 and 2000 Olympic gold medalist
Tom Dolan. Curl has since left the club, which changed its name and
is now known as Nation’s Capital Swim Club.