Florida 15-Year Old Permanently Banned from USA Swimming

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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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.

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.

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

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


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