Courts in California and Washington have decided in favor of
swimmers alleging they were sexually abused by their former
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.