Fmr US Olympic Swimmer Says Coach Sexually Abused Her as Teen

Ex-swim coach's home searched amid sexual abuse allegations

Sean Hutchison is accused of sexually abusing and taking nude photographs of former Olympian Ariana Kukors. He made me feel special; the chosen one in some ways, both in and out of the water. "And as long as I swam fast, it seemed easy enough for the organizations that have masterfully buried these tragedies for years, to once again brush off the rumors".

Kukors' former teammate Margaret Hoelzer said that one reason she retired from swimming was because Hutchinson was a "very emotionally and verbally abusive person" and a "very controlling individual".

'I absolutely deny having any sexual or romantic relationship with her before she was old enough to legally make those decisions for herself. I don't really have a particular love for swimming itself or sports in general, it was just the tool where I felt like I could help the best rather than being a college professor because of the amount of time.

Hutchison was the head coach on the 2008 US Olympic team and head coach of the 2009 US team at the world championships.

'I deeply regret that she would make these wild allegations all these years later'. Nonetheless, Sean's coaching career continued as he's now the CEO of an elite Seattle-based swim team.

The club said in a statement the news "broke our collective hearts". But maybe we should have known better.

Kukors, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, said that Hutchinson had tried to "groom" her for a sexual relationship when she began training under him as a teenager, the SeattlePI reports.

"I've realized that stories like my own are too important to go unwritten", Kukors said in a statement Wednesday, according to the Seattle Times. I was able to leave a awful monster and build a life I could have never imagined for myself. "Prior to that time, I did nothing to "groom" her".

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The governing body said it first learned of the allegations of sexual abuse while Kukors was a minor when she went public this week.

Hutchison was served a search warrant by a Homeland Security Taskforce along with local Washington State police to go through his Seattle apartment earlier this week.

Hutchison was a US Olympic swimming coach in California at the time, a position from which he resigned in 2010 amid speculation that he was sexually involved with a swimmer. "If this organization had immediately reported what it knew to authorities, Hutchison likely would have been stopped, Ariana would have been spared years of abuse, and countless other young girls would have been protected form this sexual predator".

USA Swimming said it hired an independent private investigator in 2010 after learning of rumored relationship between Hutchison and Kukors, then 21.

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.

Hutchison and Kukors both denied they were having a sexual relationship, which is against policy for USA Swimming, the US governing body of swimming.

Des Moines Police said they had received a report from Seattle Police on January 23, 2018, that alleged sex crimes occurred at the Mount Rainier Pool in Des Moines. Their relationship became increasingly physical through the years and particularly after she turned 18, according to the account. Hutchison denied the allegations.

Kukors attended Auburn Mountainview High School and the University of Washington.

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