[Updated With USA Swimming Response] Judge Orders $2.5 Million Claim in Favor of Plaintiff in Sexual Abuse Case

  29 Braden Keith | September 25th, 2012 | Featured, National, News

Update: USA Swimming has responded to the below press release, specifically to make note of three points that they see as inaccurate.

  • Through spokesperson Jamie Fabos Olsen, the organization said that “In regards to the Brooke Tafflinger v. Brian Hindson case, the 7th circuit court dismissed all claims against USA Swimming in May of this year.” (read more on that subject here). USA Swimming also stated that “The case out of Kansas City, MO and subsequent award was between Johnson County Parks and Recreation, Pete Malone and Plaintiff against Lexington Insurance Company.  USA Swimming and the local club were released. All monetary damages awarded plaintiff are only against Lexington Insurance.”
  • “Taflinger’s attorney obtained a $2.5M judgment against Brian Hindson and Central Indiana Aquatics which he owned.” (see the second sentence of the press release, which states the same).
  • “Buddy Pylitt did not represent or advise Central Indiana Aquatics in this case. Pylitt did represent USA Swimming.” (The meeting minutes from the Indiana Board of Directors Meeting can be seen here, which state that Pylitt met with the team’s membership at an open team meeting and answered questions “about the legal process”. When asked about a clarification on those minutes, Fabos Olsen said that “Pylitt’s only engagement was to attend a parent meeting about the prosecution of Hindson with Tony Young.” Whether or not that involved advising Central Indiana Swimming on their legal liabilities, per se, was not addressed in her response).

The following is a press release from Jonathan Little, posted unedited.

For official court documents, see the following PDF’s:
Final Judgement.
Unrelated case from Kansas City referenced below – Final Judgement & Order Granting Attorneys’ fees.

A Federal Court ruling (Case 1:09-cv-00771-TWP-DML, US District Court, South District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division) in Indiana has placed USA Swimming in the position of having to pay more than $2.5 million in the Brooke Taflinger case or risk having to pay much more in accrued interest and sanctions.

Federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt signed a default judgment for Indianapolis attorney Jonathan Little and his client Brooke Taflinger against Central Indiana Aquatics and its former Coach Brian Hindson for the amount of $2,537,000.

“Basically USA Swimming and its insurance carrier walked away from their obligation as swim club insurers and provided no legal defense for the club,” said Jonathan Little. “The same strategy backfired for USA Swimming in Kansas City last year (Case 0516-CV-23636, Jackson County Circuit Court, Kansas City, Missouri) when they walked away from former Coach Pete Malone’s club in the molestation case of Craig Ivancic. That decision cost USA Swimming more than $12.5 million in December of last year,” added Little.

According to the 2011 Kansas City court ruling, the Judge found that USA Swimming refused to pay a 2005 judgment against the Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) Blazers and Malone without just cause or excuse. Lexington, USA Swimming’s insurance carrier, according to the decision argued that swim clubs are not insured for any acts arising out of or as a result of Sexual Misconduct. A two day trial in 2007 resulted in the court entering a judgment against JCPRD and Malone for $5,040,000 plus interest and costs.

As a result of not paying the judgment, garnishment proceedings in December of 2011 resulted in the original $5,040,000 award climbing to more than $12.5 million with the additional awarding of interest, expenses and legal fees.

Part of the reason, according to the decision, was that USA Swimming’s insurance carrier, Lexington, repeatedly misstated the terms of its policies to the Court including the sexual misconduct exclusion. Lexington, the decision states, also lied to the Court in claiming that its hours defending the case were less than what the plaintiff’s law firm expended in bringing the case.

“The Kansas City case shows that USA Swimming will throw member clubs under the bus in an effort to dodge liability for molestation claims,” said Little. “It also shows that they have no concern for molestation victims and will do anything legally to avoid taking care of these victims,” added Little.

In the case against Central Indiana Swimming, the Board of Directors Meeting minutes of April 21, 2008 report that legal counsel Buddy Pylitt, retained by USA Swimming, advised Central Indiana on their legal liabilities with the club members then voting to form a new club, VIPER Swim Club. “The formation of the VIPER Swim Club was another attempt by Indiana Swimming and USA Swimming to abdicate its responsibilities to those harmed by USA Swimming coaches,” said Little.

Brooke Taflinger learned in 2008 that her former swimming coach Brian Hindson had secretly videotaped her as she changed clothes in a locker room. Hindson eventually pleaded guilty to 16 counts relating to the production, distribution, and possession of child pornography—none relating to the footage of Taflinger. Hindson is now serving 400 months in federal prison.

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3 years 11 months ago

2.5 million in Indiana???
12.5 million in Kansas City???

This is the crap that your USA Swimming dues are being used for. All in the interest of protecting the board and executives at USA Swimming!

Joel Lin
3 years 11 months ago

Is there a chance USA Swimming could file for bankruptcy?

Joel Lin
3 years 11 months ago

$4.6 million in legal fees? God almighty, this hardly seems to be about compensating victims and moreso ensuring that professional plaintiffs get their “hedges” covered by putting to the court these huge compensatory amounts for the lawyers to be paid.

Through a forked tongue only is this a victory for victims…the most highest compensated “victims” in these lawsuits appear to be the sleazy plaintiffs counsels putting in their bar bill at the end as a reimbursable. I doubt the collection is anything less than pro rata to the the judgment amount meaning very clearly that the victims collect cents while the attorneys get fill dollars first.

I think it is also time to show Mr. Allard – a.k.a. – “Splash ofTruth” out this chat room and others in the swimming community. This sport deserves a better advocate than another eat what he can kill plaintiffs attorney. If Allard had a shred of dignity or professionalism he’d stick to the courts to litigate his claims instead of entering into sophomoric and vitriolic narratives like the above.

Joel Lin
3 years 11 months ago

Let’s import straight from the judgment letter EXACTLY why the swimming community should be enraged by TWO issues.

First, the fact that USA Swimming is in a mortally strained position due to the neglect of registered member clubs and coaches not enforcing safety for children in this sport is just awful and is going to be rightfully consequential on the financial side when all the tides of these legal actions have receded. How is USA Swimming going to renew, or remain, insured?

Second, there is a cottage industry of plaintiffs counsels looking to these claims as a richer substitute to crass get-out-of-your DUI or billboard advertised personal injury law practices. The import of them is a sleazy and resource draining element that will compound the already catastrophic drains on the national body of this sport. It’s simply disgusting these plaintiffs counsels are now well compensated and loudly purported victims in drag behind their clients.

From the judgment:

“The total fee as recited by Plaintiffs is $3,875,634.05, for a combined total of 10,439.86 hours expended by attorneys and paralegals….The blended rate for all attorneys and paralegals, as suggested by Plaintiffs, is $371.23 per hour. The Court believes that the number of hours put forth by Plaintiffs is reasonable based on the breadth and complexity of this litigation. The Court also believes that the hourly rates requested by Plaintiffs represent the high end of hourly work charged by large firms in the Kansas City area. However, these rates would not be dissimilar to rates granted in Class Actions, and would not exceed the hourly rate of return on a variety of successful litigation where contingency fee arrangements are used.”

[ok now for all of you to throw up in your mouth before keeping on reading]

Said another way, the legal system is designed in a scheme wherein Courts afford comforts to attorneys straight down to the second decimal point of hourly billings.

Wait, it does get worse, again from the judgment:

“Further, because of the duration of this litigation, the difficulty of the litigation, as well as the at times unreasonable positions taken and tactics used by defendants, the Court awards a multiplier of 1.2, for total attorneys’ fee award of FOUR MILLION, SIX HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED SIXTY DOLLARS AND EIGHTY-SIX CENTS ($4,650,760.86).”

So, in essence, because the attorneys had a difficult go of doing their jobs they get a 20% bonus on the legal fees totaling over $775K. In effect this brings the average hourly compensation rate to $445.48.

Good work if you can get it, neigh great work if you can collect it.

Once upon a time Ms. Taflinger was wronged and her justice is about $2.5 million. The attorneys bonus out at over $4.6 million and I rather doubt the attorneys queue up behind the real victims to collect their rake. Or do they Mr. Allard? That is if you are doing the Lord’s work and are beyond reproach. We are all waiting to hear from you next.

Charles Morton, Esq
3 years 11 months ago

Gosh Joel, when you put it that way it all becomes so clear. Here I’ve been worrying about the sexual abuse of athletes in our sport and the utter lack of accountability for it among the leadership in swimming, when the real issue was how much the plaintiff attorneys were getting paid. WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE???

Joel Lin
3 years 11 months ago

Gosh Joel? Come on. FIRST, it is a topic of minors being abused and that is an insipid and awful thing. What I have communicated above does not deflect away from that core, and the core alongside it which is USA Swimming.

I am not quite sure where you are coming from to impute that I am diluting the outrage over that above or again here.

And yes, a SECOND item deserving of unfiltered OUTRAGE is the import of the Robert Allard (the first poster on this thread under a phony namesake minutes after the posting of this article) and his like (Jonathan Little in this case) as economic players on the scene. Chad, I don’t see it one bit different from plaintiffs counsels advertising on the Highway 101 billboards or the asbestos class action posse from a generation ago.

As a practicing attorney, are you not at some level sickened by the commercialism of the trade to throw off millions to plaintiffs counsels as creditors to the courts and to no small extent their clients?

Not an attack on the person so much as the profession, but since you signed your name as esquire did this hit a bit too close to home? Is it a bit too much for the Courts to impute to attorneys that they should be compensated hourly by their clients or on contingency fees percentages of what they win for clients? It is galling that these tradesmen like Allard spend their billable hours clogging the arteries of threads like this or in general media for the first buck to them.

And instead of a rant, why not a solution to suggest, so here is mine:

1. raise a side pocket fund for USA Swimming. Now it will be really hard to raise funds for that to save our sport, but ensure that the way it goes is this money is for the victims (and not their defense funds for attorneys).

2. USA Swimming; get retired judge or the like to act as an arbiter of a process wherein the victims (the abuse victims and not the poor ole plaintiffs counsels) are solicited to enter into an agreement to take their disputes to an arbitration panel of other retired judges as a form of alternative dispute resolution.

3. Come to some accord with inputs from both sides (victims on one side and USA Swimming on the other) where there is a standard to dispose of monetary claims and God forbid start to heal this sport.

4. Hopefully get new leadership at the top of USA Swimming.

Or gosh Chad, let’s keep the focus away from the SECOND 800 pound gorilla in the room and we can spend the next 3-10 years watching and smelling the stench of the commercial plaintiffs approach which will ultimately get us to the same solution with delays and only yield pennies on a dollar to the actual victims of abuse.

3 years 11 months ago

I think there’s some confusion from the court links of the article. The first link is the 2.5 million dollar judgement for Taflinger in Indiana. The second link is a totally separate case with separate attorneys (in which Allard and Little were not affiliated with) regarding a situation in Kansas City from around 2005/2006. According to that document, USA Swimming/Lexington Insurance was slapped with a 5 Million Dollar judgement and never paid. They were called back into court in 2010 and the judge was less than happy with USAS/Lexington’s tactics and nonpayment and increased the amount to 12.5 million. This is alarming and questions need to be asked of our USA Swimming board and its executives.

Brian
3 years 11 months ago

You missed the slightly important part where much of it was due to an argument by the insurance carrier that they were not obligated to insure under the idea that “Lexington, USA Swimming’s insurance carrier, according to the decision argued that swim clubs are not insured for any acts arising out of or as a result of Sexual Misconduct.”

That’s an insurance problem. Happens a lot when they try and weasel out using fine print and avoid coverage. I’ve seen it before.

Carry on.

3 years 11 months ago

Joel, we have never met Allard and he is not affiliated with our group. We are a group of coaches, officials, parents and former swimmers that are disgusted with the corruption and mismanagement of USA Swimming and will not rest until there is major reform.

USA Swimming’s board, legal counsel and executives have lied to and manipulated their membership and the innocent, honest and well intended people that love the sport. Like you, we love the sport. However, the first step in dealing with USA Swimming’s abysmal failures is to mentally divorce the sport of swimming (which is awesome) from the entity of USA Swimming (which, at the very top, is a cesspool). The more people that can make that mental leap, the quicker we can address the corruption, cover-ups and continuing abuse without poisoning our view of this great sport. We can also recognize the good work that is being done by the many folks at USA Swimming who do truly care.

3 years 11 months ago

USA Swimming carries sexual misconduct insurance through Lexington. The following links will point you to that document and commentary about it.

http://www.swimmingexposed.com/brokenarm.htm

http://www.usaswimming.org/_Rainbow/Documents/07d1069b-1b79-45dc-af66-4c6d269ec0d6/2012%20Insurance%20Summary.pdf

The point of the ruling is that USA Swimming has obligations to USA Swimming Member clubs. These weren’t met in either of these cases.

For what it is worth, we seriously doubt that Allard is Splash of Truth.

The easiest way for USA Swimming to avoid paying astronomical litigation costs in these cases is to increase the scope of its regulations and actually enforce them. If you do a good job and are rarely sued then judgments like this become equally rare.

Asher Green
3 years 11 months ago

I believe in this particular case that USA Swimming and the school district named in the suit had a summary judgement in their favor back in May, so neither of those entities is expected to pay any part of the $2.5 million.

3 years 11 months ago

Asher is correct. However, USA Swimming (through their insurance carrier) is still on the hook for the 2.5 million dollar judgement against CIA (Central Indiana Aquatics). The same insurance company and same attorney (Buddy Pylitt) was representing CIA and USA Swimming.

superfish
3 years 11 months ago

USAS was dismissed from the Taflinger case. USAS is therefore not on the hook for this judgment. It may be that the club is an insured under the Lexington policy and Lexington is on the hook but Lexington is notUSAS.

3 years 11 months ago

SUPERFISH, you are partially correct. USAS will not pay directly. However, USAS is responsible for the club through Lexington Insurance and the 2.5 million that Lexington will be forced to pay will have to be reimbursed through USA Swimming’s offshore insurance company (USSIC). This and the Kansas City judgement appear to be a result of poor legal work and advice from the attorneys representing USAS and the clubs. They walked away from the clubs in both cases and attempted to frustrate and bankrupt the plaintiff’s (victim’s) bar. The judges recognized this tactic and socked them with large judgements. We read an email we obtained from former USA Swimming board member, official and legal counsel, B. Wells O’Brien and he bragged about how the USSIC was setup to frustrate the plaintiff’s (victims) bar to limit exposure to lawsuits…real ethical and classy! That’s why you call the cops, get your own lawyer and then have him contact USA Swimming. Unless, these cases (investigation and hearings) are handled by an independent party (or parties), as opposed to the Board of Review and the Safesport Department, a victim has no chance at getting any kind of justice. The BOR and Safesport is solely looking out for the interests of USAS and not the victim.

Superfish
3 years 11 months ago

Spalsh of Truth, you are a little off. USSIC is the first layer of insurance for USAS while Lexington is the reinsurer/excess insurer for USAS. USSIC was created by USAS because it was impossible for NGB’s (including skiing, gymnastics, diving, swimming) to get liability insurance coverage on the open market. A million in coverage cost a million bucks–not much of a good deal. USSIC was funded by USAS dues which set up a reserve for the first layer of insurance. Lexington agreed to act as USAS’s excess insurer, meaning that anything in excess of the first layer of coverage is Lexington’s responsibility.

Contrary to Mr. Little’s statement, USAS was dismissed from the Taflinger case. Thus, the judgment against the coach and team cannot be enforced against USAS. It is also my understanding that the coach and team in Taflinger were not “insureds” under the USSIC policy, but based upon the Doe decision in KC, the coach and team in Tafliger might be “additional insureds” under the Lexington polcy. If that is the case, Taflinger might recover from Lexington if Lexington was asked to defend and refused.

In the Doe case out of KC, Lexington relied on an exclusion in its policy to avoid the duty to defend additional insureds. Their decision to rely on an exclusion (construed against insurers as a matter of law) and not to defend was incorrect and therefore Lexington was left holding the judgment against the recreational department and Malone. Where an insurer that fails to defend and should have defended, the insurer pays the judgment and attorney fees. It’s the club hanging over an insurer’s head. In this case, Lexington chose poorly.

In any event, neither case involved USAS or USSIC.

3 years 11 months ago

My Reply to http://swimswam.com Sept 27, 2012

The age of consent in Maryland is 16 which she signed in the NDA. SO that makes what happened legal. The age of consent in other states vary from 16 or less to 18. How many states are alleged by her? California she claims could be another possible state of civil or criminal litigation. The whole subject of sex related allegations turns most peoples stomach. Th best way for this not to continue is more effort on prevention with parents or adult guardians required to be present in schools, sports practices and competitions plus parents must be present at any activity with minors whether camps or elsewhere. Parents have been not punished or even criticized and both in this case and elsewhere the parents should be jailed if this case is true. It is also necessary for any victim to spread their victim story and accuse the persons told of punishment. Any victim should first fight off any such attempt first. A first contact of sex abuse the victim should tell police or tell parents and go the same day and have a sex exam if sodomy or intercourse took place. There also needs to be more effort to stop responding to sex crimes by embarrassment, banning, jail of offender and have them treated as a civil addiction problem (unless additional charges of violence-stabbing,strangleation, gunshots, beatings, kidnappings) of date type sex abuse of teens 11-17. Children 10 and under obviously can’t physically fight off most adults and harsher punishment and jail should be considered. Why did she not tell Curl she did not want him to kiss her after one time? Why did she continue to stay with the team, communicate with him after alleged kiss, and she consented to go somewhere private for sex. Why did either engage in intercourse risking pregnancy at such a young age and when both were trying to prepare for races and possible future olympic athletes? How did she get contraceptives? How did no one at her home or his home find out? He was married and his wife never knew before or after marriage this went on even at her home? Why would either do this when he is married? Did neither have sex education? Did neither have religion training and consider abstinence especially before marriage and training for the Olympics? Why believe her when she cant keep a secret now who believes she could as a teen keep this secret? She continues to keep litigation alive in order to see Curl in person. People who suffer severe abuse dont go on tv as she and publicize it. She could be totally lying. Not one of over 100,000 people surrounding both of them for years ever saw anything. Former teammates, and friends and roommates said on this site and elsewhere as witnesses they never saw this and believe she is lying. She and her atty and her parents exploited Curl for money with the NDA. He runs a business and like many people pay and settle cases that they disagree with but the huge settlements are never admissions of guilt nor evidence allegations even happened. She claimed a relationship and that she loved him and wanted to marry him. Was it just meet for sex or was there actual dates to non sex activities like movies, etc. Was there love letters exchanged? Any promises by Curl to openly date her and marry after she turned 18? Now it is possible her claims of sex with him may be all lies. He may have for some dispute kicked her off the team and stopped all contact. To get revenge she then writes lies of sex with him in a diary and leave it where her parents can read it? ( why is her parents reading her diary?) If sex occured how did her sister, her neighbors, her friends, the other coaches, Ricks fiance-girl friend and now his wife not notice or find out? If people knew and did not want to get either in trouble by telling the police and parents why did no one not try to break this up? It is wrong to blame people who are told as they are not witnesses and it is hearsay and unacceptable. There are other examples of other minors trying to punish an adult and lie and claim sex abuse. To avoid innocent people from being charged and punished it would help to require the victim to get a physical exam and report crime the same day. It may be allowed for people to come forward decades later but I personnally do not agree with that nor agree with any person allowed to make a verbal comment with no physical proof and someone can be carged with any crime. One example of this is Michael Jackson accused of sex abuse of a minor. He vehemently denied it. He was sued there were possible criminal case coming. He refused to pay. He also like Curl has to work and concern of his career led others to pay the accuser while Jackson is on a world concert tour. Paying was cheaper than cancelling a billion dollar tour. The accuser’s father was taped claiming he would ruin Jacksons career and reputation. The father lost a business deal with Jackson and claimed abuse to jail Jackson instead of suing over business. 2 Grand Juries refused to indict. The dictrict atty dropped case. The accuser – Jordan Chandler had civil case dropped. After Jackson died this accuser publicly apologized and admits IT WAS ALL A LIE AND HIS FATHER FORCED HIM. The father killed imself. Jacksons reputation, career and finances suffered. This case also was copied by others who criminally accused Jackson of sex crimes with minors when he or his group fired an employee or cancelled business deals. People need to try to keep an open mind and not be so quick to play judge jury prosecutor. A lady falsely accused an entire Duke boys team of rape who were charged and jailed. Later it turns out she lied. Curls accuser was wrong to pursue money. All victims should never be paid. She nor no one should publicize a case like this after being paid and after signing a NDA. Sex offenders won’t improve with bans, embarrassment, fines or jail. They need people to stopping screaming monster at them and treat them like substance addictions who need treatment. Only them will this problem disappear. The US is broke. The US can’t afford to jail killers. Paying $50 million to sex victims is not affordable and actually ends up coming from the general public as most defendants dont have the funds to pay and the money comes from borrowing the money. I don’t condone wrong doing by anyone. But treatment of offenders and prevention of better parent chaperoning their minor kids, not bans, embarrassment fines and jail will solve this problem.

3 years 11 months ago

It is also necessary for any victim to spread their victim story and accuse the persons told of punishment. – This sentence came out wrong and was supposed to include the word not – see below correction – It is also necessary for any victim NOT to spread their victim story and accuse the persons told of punishment – All alleged crimes should be handled privately in court or mediation..
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My Reply to http://swimswam.com Sept 27, 2012

The age of consent in Maryland is 16 which she signed in the NDA. SO that makes what happened legal. The age of consent in other states vary from 16 or less to 18. How many states are alleged by her? California she claims could be another possible state of civil or criminal litigation. The whole subject of sex related allegations turns most peoples stomach. Th best way for this not to continue is more effort on prevention with parents or adult guardians required to be present in schools, sports practices and competitions plus parents must be present at any activity with minors whether camps or elsewhere. Parents have been not punished or even criticized and both in this case and elsewhere the parents should be jailed if this case is true. It is also necessary for any victim NOT to spread their victim story and accuse the persons told of punishment – All alleged crimes should be handled privately in court or mediation. Any victim should first fight off any such attempt first. A first contact of sex abuse the victim should tell police or tell parents and go the same day and have a sex exam if sodomy or intercourse took place. There also needs to be more effort to stop responding to sex crimes by embarrassment, banning, jail of offender and have them treated as a civil addiction problem (unless additional charges of violence-stabbing,strangleation, gunshots, beatings, kidnappings) of date type sex abuse of teens 11-17. Children 10 and under obviously can’t physically fight off most adults and harsher punishment and jail should be considered. Why did she not tell Curl she did not want him to kiss her after one time? Why did she continue to stay with the team, communicate with him after alleged kiss, and she consented to go somewhere private for sex. Why did either engage in intercourse risking pregnancy at such a young age and when both were trying to prepare for races and possible future olympic athletes? How did she get contraceptives? How did no one at her home or his home find out? He was married and his wife never knew before or after marriage this went on even at her home? Why would either do this when he is married? Did neither have sex education? Did neither have religion training and consider abstinence especially before marriage and training for the Olympics? Why believe her when she cant keep a secret now who believes she could as a teen keep this secret? She continues to keep litigation alive in order to see Curl in person. People who suffer severe abuse dont go on tv as she and publicize it. She could be totally lying. Not one of over 100,000 people surrounding both of them for years ever saw anything. Former teammates, and friends and roommates said on this site and elsewhere as witnesses they never saw this and believe she is lying. She and her atty and her parents exploited Curl for money with the NDA. He runs a business and like many people pay and settle cases that they disagree with but the huge settlements are never admissions of guilt nor evidence allegations even happened. She claimed a relationship and that she loved him and wanted to marry him. Was it just meet for sex or was there actual dates to non sex activities like movies, etc. Was there love letters exchanged? Any promises by Curl to openly date her and marry after she turned 18? Now it is possible her claims of sex with him may be all lies. He may have for some dispute kicked her off the team and stopped all contact. To get revenge she then writes lies of sex with him in a diary and leave it where her parents can read it? ( why is her parents reading her diary?) If sex occured how did her sister, her neighbors, her friends, the other coaches, Ricks fiance-girl friend and now his wife not notice or find out? If people knew and did not want to get either in trouble by telling the police and parents why did no one not try to break this up? It is wrong to blame people who are told as they are not witnesses and it is hearsay and unacceptable. There are other examples of other minors trying to punish an adult and lie and claim sex abuse. To avoid innocent people from being charged and punished it would help to require the victim to get a physical exam and report crime the same day. It may be allowed for people to come forward decades later but I personnally do not agree with that nor agree with any person allowed to make a verbal comment with no physical proof and someone can be carged with any crime. One example of this is Michael Jackson accused of sex abuse of a minor. He vehemently denied it. He was sued there were possible criminal case coming. He refused to pay. He also like Curl has to work and concern of his career led others to pay the accuser while Jackson is on a world concert tour. Paying was cheaper than cancelling a billion dollar tour. The accuser’s father was taped claiming he would ruin Jacksons career and reputation. The father lost a business deal with Jackson and claimed abuse to jail Jackson instead of suing over business. 2 Grand Juries refused to indict. The dictrict atty dropped case. The accuser – Jordan Chandler had civil case dropped. After Jackson died this accuser publicly apologized and admits IT WAS ALL A LIE AND HIS FATHER FORCED HIM. The father killed imself. Jacksons reputation, career and finances suffered. This case also was copied by others who criminally accused Jackson of sex crimes with minors when he or his group fired an employee or cancelled business deals. People need to try to keep an open mind and not be so quick to play judge jury prosecutor. A lady falsely accused an entire Duke boys team of rape who were charged and jailed. Later it turns out she lied. Curls accuser was wrong to pursue money. All victims should never be paid. She nor no one should publicize a case like this after being paid and after signing a NDA. Sex offenders won’t improve with bans, embarrassment, fines or jail. They need people to stopping screaming monster at them and treat them like substance addictions who need treatment. Only them will this problem disappear. The US is broke. The US can’t afford to jail killers. Paying $50 million to sex victims is not affordable and actually ends up coming from the general public as most defendants dont have the funds to pay and the money comes from borrowing the money. I don’t condone wrong doing by anyone. But treatment of offenders and prevention of better parent chaperoning their minor kids, not bans, embarrassment fines and jail will solve this problem.

BS
3 years 11 months ago

WOW!!! –

Ralph
3 years 11 months ago

Post is committed…to what I don’t know!

Jcoach
3 years 11 months ago

Or he should be

BS
3 years 11 months ago

AGREED!

Katie Kelly
3 years 10 months ago

Thanks for writing all that. I feel ill.

Opinionated
3 years 10 months ago

Adults should not rape children. Apologist nonsense and ‘blame the victim’ attitudes were left behind years ago by decent people. Thinking religion or marriage helps prevent pedophilia demonstrates delusional beliefs or willful ignorance. Or maybe you just don’t read any stories with ‘Catholic’ or ‘Sandusky’ in them. Pedophilia is not a sickness, it is a vicious, abhorrent assault on an innocent victim. No amount of twisted logic will ever change that.

Jg
3 years 10 months ago

You did not need to put Catholic there. If you do – you might need to add someone else who at 50 married a 6 year old girl.

Opinionated
3 years 10 months ago

Outside of the swimming community, the general public’s view of USA Swimming’s sexual abuse problem is equivelent the Catholic Church’s (years of cover-ups and turning a blind eye while predators moved throughout the organization) and Penn State’s (ignoring abuses by those high in the organization in order to protect their public image).

Pretending people don’t view our sport that way is not going to help put this ugly chapter behind us. Public exposure and police involvement is the only way that we can regain our reputation. We need to learn from the mistakes made by the Catholic Church and Penn State in order to recover.

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