USA Swimming has announced the addition of Leonardo Hobi Martins to their public list of Individuals Permanently Suspended or Ineligible.
Martins, whose suspension was announced on January 29th but dates officially to November 11th, 2015, most recently lists himself as Head Coach and Aquatics Director for Planet Swim Aquatics in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The club’s current Director of Operations Gus Chagas says that Martins was only a “senior coach.”
Prior to that, he had stops with the Kuwait Swimming National Team for 3 years, the Davie Nadadores for almost 5 years, the Pine Cres School for just under a year, and as he head coach of the Lauderdale Isles Yacht and Tennis Club.
Martins is a native Brazilian and swam at Arizona State from 2002-2006 and finished his career ranked 4th all-time in program history in the 200 yard breaststroke. His 1:59.26 still remains the 8th-fastest time in that event in school history.
Martins was banned under two sections of the USA Swimming Code of Conduct (listed below). A search of criminal records in Florida produced no record of criminal charges.
CODE OF CONDUCT (2014 – PRESENT) – SECTION 304.3.8
A. Any inappropriate sexual conduct or advance, or other inappropriate oral, written, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature at any time, past or present, directed towards an athlete or any person under the age of eighteen (18) by (i) a coach member or other non-athlete member, or (ii) any other adult participating in any capacity whatsoever in the activities of USA Swimming (whether such adult is a member or not).
B. Any act of sexual harassment, including without limitation unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate oral, written, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature in connection with or incidental to a USA Swimming-related activity by any person participating in the affairs or activities of USA Swimming (whether such person is a member or not) directed toward any member or other person participating in the affairs or activities of USA Swimming.
C. A romantic or sexual relationship, even if it is a consensual relationship between adults, which began during the swimming relationship, between athletes and those individuals (i) having direct
supervisory or evaluative control, or (ii) who are in a position of power and trust over the athlete. Except in circumstances where no imbalance of power exists, coaches have this direct supervisory or evaluative control and are in a position of power and trust over those athletes they coach. The prohibition on romantic or sexual relationships does not include those relationships where it
can be demonstrated that there is no imbalance of power. For example, this prohibition does not apply to a relationship between two spouses or life partners which existed prior to the swimming relationship. For factors that may be relevant to determining whether an imbalance of power exists, consult the USOC’s Safe Sport Policies at www.teamusa.org/Footer/Legal/Governance-Documents.
D. Any peer-to-peer sexual abuse. For the purposes of the Code of Conduct, the term “peer-to-peer sexual abuse” shall mean any unwelcome physical conduct of a sexual nature directed towards a minor athlete by another minor athlete.
CODE OF CONDUCT (2014 – PRESENT) – SECTION 304.3.19
304.3.19 Any other material and intentional act, conduct or omission not provided for above, which is detrimental to the image or reputation of USA Swimming, a LSC or the sport of swimming.