Former Michigan High School swim coach Dennis Carter has been added to the USA Swimming public list of “Individuals Permanently Suspended or Ineligible” this week, with an official suspension date of March 29th, 2013.
This ban comes roughly 6 years after Carter was accused and sentenced to prison for having a sexual relationship with a female 16-year old student at Seaholm High School where he was the swim coach. Carter coached the powerhouse Seaholm girls’ team to Michigan Class A (big school) state championships in 1995, 1996, and 1997 (including coaching at least one future NCAA Champion.)
In a statement, USA Swimming says that Carter was a member of the organization for one year in 2006, and has not been registered since. His conviction was brought to their attention in September of 2012, and they moved forward with their process at that time.
The victim told stories at the time of conviction of her and Carter’s affair that included getting her a second cell phone number to keep their communications secret and Carter buying the victim a plastic cover to hide her license plate number.
The victim was a member of the swim team, though Carter coached her for approximately three years before the relationship became sexual.
Under Michigan law at the time, it was illegal for Carter to have a sexual relationship with a student until they were 18 years and 1 day old.
Carter plead guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, with a sentence of 1-15 years in prison in addition to other fines. He serves approximately 5 years of that sentence, having been released in February of 2012 per state records.
According to the Michigan sex offender website, Carter is currently out of prison and residing in Jerome, Michigan.