Courts in California and Washington have decided in favor of swimmers alleging they were sexually abused by their former coaches.
The California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District, has ordered USA Swimming to turn over all sexual abuse and molestation complaints going back the last 20 years.
The ruling is part of an ongoing lawsuit in which plaintiff Jancy Thompson is seeking monetary damages for the alleged sexual abuse and molestation by USA Swimming certified coach Norm Havercroft. That lawsuit, and several similar suits, claim that the abuse could have been prevented by USA Swimming.
In 2010 former coach Andy King was given a 40-year sentence, after being convicted of child sexual abuse for molesting young swimmers. He worked in several locations on the West Coast. This month one of his former swimmers, now 29, won a $1.5 million settlement alleging King abused her while he was the coach of the Aquajets, a team in Oak Harbor, Wash., from 1994 until 1997. She will receive the settlement from the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District to compensate for the abuse, according to reports.
Read more on the California Court of Appeal decision.
Read more on the Washington civil lawsuit.