Ceci Christy was in attendance for the sentencing of Rick Curl, and relayed the following information from the post-sentencing press conference. Note that the claims made by those below are their perspective, and this is simply an account of the press-conference.
After former high-level swim coach Rick Curl was sentenced to seven years in prison, plus five years of probation, on Thursday, for one count of custodial sexual abuse, victim Kelley (Davies) Currin spoke in front of media that had gathered.
Her statement centered around USA Swimming and their role in the case. Currin declared that she “wants to send a message to USA Swimming.”
She also called on an investigation by congress, saying that USA Swimming allowed Curl to remain a coach even though they knew what was happening.
She echoed comments made by Judge Marielsa Bernard made during the sentencing and said that Curl’s last 27 years were the good life, while her’s was an uphill climb.
As to the sentence, Currin said that she was satisfied with the outcome.
A hotly-debated topic has been the chronology of the report to USA Swimming. Currin after the trial stated that in the spring of 2011, USA Swimming contacted her saying that they were investigating Curl, and she subsequently sent the settlement to them. She then saw Curl on deck at the Olympic Trials on television, and decided at that point that she had to make her case public. This doesn’t necessarily disagree with the timeline USA Swimming gave last year.
Also after the trial, where those in attendance were witness to Curl being taken away to jail immediately, Ed Vasquez, a spokesperson for attorney Bob Allard who has been a prominent figure in this case indicated that more sorrow in the story of sexual abuse could be coming. He claimed that there was another coach in Maryland who has molested at least 10 swimmers but victims do not want to come forward now.
Without swimmers coming forward, those claims remain unsubstantiated.