A family of a teenage girl has filed a new sexual abuse lawsuit
against USA Swimming, Indiana Swimming and Metropolitan School
District of Lawrence Township.
The lawsuit, filed by Attorney Jonathan Little, contends that
officials did not do enough to protect the girl from her coach
Christopher Wheat, who is now serving a 10-year sentence, and calls
for the resignation or firing of USA Swimming executive director
Chuck Weilgus and others.
USA Swimming released the following statement:
"We have received several press inquiries related to a press
conference given by an Indiana attorney announcing the filing of a
lawsuit against USA Swimming and Indiana Swimming. At this time,
USA Swimming has not been served with a suit so we are not in a
position to comment on these claims. However, to the extent that
the attorney has claimed that USA Swimming has a culture of
protecting pedophiles, that is categorically untrue. There is
nothing more important to USA Swimming than the safety and
well-being of its 300,000 members. For that reason, the
organization has developed one of the most comprehensive Athlete
Protection Programs among Olympic sports.
"In addition, the attorney’s allegation that USA Swimming had
been warned of sexual abuse by Chris Wheat is also untrue. The
first instance that USA Swimming learned about abuse by Chris Wheat
was when we were notified of his arrest in September 2009. Upon
learning of the arrest, USA Swimming immediately implemented the
process to expel and permanently ban Chris Wheat from USA Swimming,
which was accomplished shortly thereafter in December 2009."