In what marks the latest in a string of sexual abuse allegations against swim coaches, former swimmer Kelley (Davies) Currin is pursuing criminal charges against ex-coach Rick Curl, as well as civil claims against USA Swimming. Curl was suspended from the sport for life earlier this fall, following an investigation into allegations that he sexually abused Currin when she was on his swim team as a teen.
Currin claims Curl had sexual relations with her for four years, beginning in 1983. She was 13; he was 33.
“The criminal statute has not expired with regard to federal crimes or state crimes occurring in Virginia,” said her attorney, B. Robert Allard, with Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, LLP, in San Jose, Calif. “Kelley is working with investigators as we speak and we are hopeful for an arrest. Unfortunately, it appears that the civil statute has expired, so Kelley may not be able to receive compensation, but we are looking into a direct claim against USA Swimming for coverup.”
USA Swimming first received a report alleging Curl’s relationship with Currin in April 2011, according to a statement from the organization. An investigation followed and Curl was permanently banned on Sept. 18, 2012. His name appears on USA Swimming’s published list of “Individuals Permanently Suspended or Ineligible for USA Swimming Membership.”
Now 62, Curl is among the most high-profile coaches to have been banned. He founded the Curl-Burke Swim Club in 1978, in the Washington, D.C., metro area. He also has served as a member of the U.S. national team coaching staff. According to the club Web site, 20 swimmers competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb. Curl reportedly attended on a coaching credential.
“I am happy to hear that Rick Curl may finally be starting to accept responsibility for what he did to me. I can now only hope that USA Swimming will accept responsibility for refusing to ban Rick Curl when they had knowledge to do so,” said Currin, in a statement issued through her attorney, Allard.
Curl is one of seven coaches who were investigated and banned this year. There are at least two more coaches whose status is in question.