Two former swim coaches have met their separate fates this week.
On April 29, Arkansas Online reported that a former Northwest Arkansas swim coach and volunteer swim coach at Bentonville High School has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for sex-related crimes involving minors. Stephen James Duwel plead guilty April 27 to numerous charges including internet stalking of a child.
"Duwel also faces charges of lewd molestation and soliciting child pornography in Tulsa. The charges stem from accusations that he sent an explicit video of himself to a boy in April 2015 and that he engaged in sexual activities with the teenager at a Tulsa hotel the next month, according to the Tulsa World," the news agency reported.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, a famed New England swim coach was banned by USA Swimming over accusations of sexual misconduct.
As Fox25 reports:
Joe Bernal, the former owner of Bernal's Gators Swim Club and former coach of the Harvard University swim team, has been banned for violating USA Swimming's code of conduct. Bernal allegedly violated codes relating to sexual behavior with swimmers.
Bernal, who was inducted into the American Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame in September 2015, sold the Gator Swim Club in January. The club has denounced ties with Benal and he has since had his membership to the hall revoked.
These developments are the latest in an ongoing issue regarding sexual misconduct in the aquatics community. Stay tuned for additional coverage of these stories in Aquatics International