As first reported today by Reach for the Wall, and confirmed by court documents, former Curl Burke Swim Club (now reformed as Nation’s Capital Aquatic Club) coach Noah Rucker was convicted of one misdemeanor offense of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Editor’s note: The charge has been updated after retrieving court records; the initial charge was misreported by Reach for the Wall.
In a deal reached with prosecutors, Rucker entered an “Alford Plea,” meaning that he was found guilty of the offense but did not admit guilt. Effectively, Rucker acknowledged with the plea that the prosecutors likely had enough evidence to convince a judge or jury of his guilt.
The female complainant in the case claimed that Rucker had inappropriate contact with her a decade ago when she was 17 and he was 29; the original charge was three counts of “indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial and/or supervisory position.”
Reach for the Wall reports that the expectation is a 6-month prison sentence, a banishment from returning to coaching swimming (Rucker is still not on the USA Swimming permanently banned or ineligible list, though they did hold an emergency hearing in June with the news first broke).
“Mr. Rucker denies any responsibility in the case,” Rucker’s attorney Thomas B. Walsh said of the result. “In light of the charges and in all fairness to the parties involved, an agreement was reached to reduce the charges to misdemeanors.”
Rucker’s most recent coaching job was with the Curl Burke Swim Club.