Florida 15-Year Old Permanently Banned from USA Swimming

  19 Braden Keith | October 08th, 2012 | National, News

Update: upon confirming conviction, we have reinserted the name of the convicted and banned swimmer.

A 15-year old swimmer from Punta Gorda, Florida named Chase Panem has become the youngest person on the USA Swimming permanently ineligible (aka “banned for life”) list after his appeal period expired last week.

According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s office, the teen was arrested at the South Country Regional Park after being charged with Sexual Battery on a Victim Under 12 Years of Age, and specifically a 6-year old. The victim was attending a summer camp, and after having soiled his pants went into the boys’ restroom. He was then found crawling on the floor from underneath a bathroom stall, where the alleged abuse occured.

“He soiled his pants and a camp counselor took him to the office lobby to wait for his mother to bring clean clothes,” the report read. “The boy got up and went to into the boy’s restroom. A camp counselor went to the boy’s bathroom to check on the boy and found the victim crawling on the floor from the handicap stall. The boy said a boy called him over to the other stall where the sexual acts were committed.”

Update: The Southwest Florida State Attorney’s office confirmed that the 15-year old has been incarcerated in a high risk juvenile facility designed specifically for juvenile sex offenders located in Southwest Florida, though no information was available on the length of his incarceration.

Panem was a member of the club Charlotte County Swimming, just north of Fort Meyers. The specific reason for banishment under the code of conduct was rule 304.3.6, which reads as follows:

304.3.6 Conviction of, imposition of a deferred sentence for, or any plea of guilty or no contest at any time, past or present, or the existence of any pending charges, for (i) any felony, (ii) any offense involving use, possession, distribution or intent to distribute illegal drugs or substances, (iii) any crime involving sexual misconduct, or (iv) any criminal offense against a minor.

As far as we can tell, this is the first instance of an active junior-level swimmer being banned under the organizations new policies for a violation of the code of conduct.

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BS
3 years 6 months ago

The article I read said *redacted* was practicing with his swim team and the little boy was attending summer camp at the same park pool.

Dasher
3 years 6 months ago

This is truly tragic. The lives of two children have been negatively affected. Interestingly, if he had committed some other crime, like a burglary, his name would have remained anonymous because of his juvenile status. But due to USA Swimming regulations, he will not be anonymous for this crime. I’m not saying this is good or bad; I don’t know how I feel about this.

Lv2srf95
3 years 6 months ago

It probably has no relavence, but he probably wouldnt have gone very far in usa swimming. His best event was lcm 50m free with a whopping 35.7

BS
3 years 6 months ago

It looks like he was only swimming for a couple of months!

SB
3 years 6 months ago

He’s a registered sex offender so he is not anonymous to begin with.

reporter
3 years 6 months ago

This story is so tragic. Why don’t people understand the dangers of having little kids go into restrooms/locker rooms unaccompanied.

At a age group meet in Los Angeles, people were being screamed at by a meet administrator to stay out of a wading pool during a record heat wave. People were told to go cool off in the locker rooms. Dozens of kids, at any given time, were sitting in the showers (water running). The inhumane treatment prompted a parent to send e-mails to the LSC and the Mayor expressing concern over little kids and parents of the opposite sex being separated. The safest place for all was the 0″-24″ wading pool which was guarded by at least 4 lifeguards. Of course the LSC didn’t act, Sunday was no better. On Monday several apology letters were received from the Mayor and LA City Dept. of Parks and Rec., but nothing from the LSC. A couple of years later, the same treatment from the same meet administrator – little kids crying from being screamed at for putting their toes in the wading pool.

While some put safety first, it seems like others are clueless until a tragedy occurs!

liquidassets
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t like that you reprinted all the gory details of the incident and the gender/age of the victim. Since the club/perp are not anonymous, the victim is more easily known locally, and I’m more concerned about the victim’s privacy and dignity.

Jg
3 years 6 months ago

Seems to me a 6 year old who is still soiling their pants has already big problems. I believe no non related adult ought have to clean that stuff up .

A big mess all around.

Bossanova
3 years 6 months ago

Victim blaming is not cool.

MAD
3 years 6 months ago

People of ALL ages have accidents!!! Anybody who agrees to watch a child SHOULD treat that child like they would want to be treated or like they would want their child treated. Provisions should be made that all children have a change of clothes AND the establishment should have a few emergency pieces. There is NO excuse to have a child sit in a lobby in soiled clothes. If people do not want to help a child in need, they should not take the job!!!

To make a statement that the 6 year old already had big problems is IGNORANT!!!

Dasher
3 years 6 months ago

Plenty of 6-12 yr olds have accidents. Geez.

Jg
3 years 6 months ago

“Soiled’ is not just peeing. It is number 2 & occurs because of several factors – sickness (diarreah) being one -but the article does not suggest that. That would be a public health risk in a pool environment.

If you guys think that kid is aok then that is your prerogative but it does not outweigh my contention that he has problems.

SB
3 years 6 months ago

Re the editor note in italics above: “Edit: Because of the age of the accused, we have chosen to remove his name.” A person is ‘accused’ pending their day in court. The offender in this case was found to be guilty of sexually abusing a child, he was convicted, he is incarcerated and he is a registered sex offender. Using the language accused insinuates that innocence or guilt remains to be seen. The offender has been found to be guilty. It is important to use correct language and it is important to the victim that there is no doubt about who is responsible for the terrible things that happened to him.

BS
3 years 6 months ago

Google – Chase Panem registered sex offender – all of the information is there – Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Lithi
3 years 6 months ago

Tragic. What is it with Florida and sickos, seriously?

It’s permanEntly, by the way.

Penelope
3 years 6 months ago

this whole report weirds me out– I dont see need to print even the 15 yr old’s name– do you have any idea what has probably been done to a 15 yr old to turn him into a sex offender??? If he is on record as a sex offender and he has been banned for life, I doubt it is important for US to know his name, right now. And I highly doubt swimming is in his future anyway. If he is incarcerated there is no need for all of this. What’s important is he was convicted if guilty and that he is officially banned. Now I know some of you will begin screaming because you disagree but I dont see the need for alot of this. I find it interesting USA swimming moved this quickly on this but it takes YEARS for them to move on these other guys.( abusive coaches)

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