Rick Curl, the former elite swim coach of the Curl Burke Swim Club in the Washington DC area, has formally plead guilty in a Fairfax, Virginia court today. This follows-through on a consent-to-plea agreement entered in January.
He has plead guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a minor after Kelley Currin alleged that she was abused by Curl as young as 13 by Curl in the 1980′s.
Curl will be sentenced on May 23rd, and can receive a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Curl is out on bond until the sentencing.
The plea eliminates what was likely to be a long and drawn-out trial that would try to call and sift-through evidence that was decades old. In the late 80′s, Currin’s family signed a non-disclosure agreement with Curl, where Currin’s family received $150,000 in exchange for not pressing charges on any allegations of sexual abuse or speaking publicly about it.
Ceci Christy contributed to this report.
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