Former Nitro Swimming coach Tim O’Brien has been charged with indecency with a child. O’Brien is accused of being in a relationship with an athlete whom he had coached when she was a teen, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Nitro severed ties with O’Brien back in March when news of the alleged relationship broke. O’Brien had previously been named USA Swimming’s Developmental Coach of the Year for his work at Nitro. A day after the announcement that O’Brien was out at Nitro, USA Swimming added O’Brien to its public list of banned coaches. O’Brien was banned under two sections of the USA Swimming Code of Conduct dealing with sexually-oriented behavior toward athletes and other members of USA Swimming activities.
Now Statesman.com reports that O’Brien will face a charge of “indecency with a child.” The Statesman reports that an arrest warrant affidavit accuses O’Brien of being involved in a relationship with an athlete “he groomed from the age of 13 until she was an adult.”
The affidavit also reports that the woman told police that the two would sleep together without clothes when she was 16, and that O’Brien had exposed himself to her when she was 15. O’Brien and the woman lived together when she was 21, the woman says, but she moved out at 23. O’Brien, meanwhile, admitted that the woman would visit his apartment when she was 16, but denied having any physical relationship until she was 17 or 18. He says the woman is “lashing out” now due to the relationship ending.