In May of 2013, swim coach Rick Curl was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with all but 7 of those years suspended, for sexually abusing Kelly Currin from 1983 to 1987 while coaching her at the Curl Burke Swim Club.
After a request for reconsideration of the sentence opened late last year, however, Curl has been released from prison approximately halfway through his sentence.
According to Maryland court records, a motion for reconsideration of sentence was filed by Curl’s attorneys with judge Marielsa Bernard, on October 2nd, 2015 – two years after the last activity in the case.
After many hearings and motions, judge Bernard sentenced curl to 15 years in prison, but revised it to all but time served suspended, plus 5 years of supervised probation subject to special conditions.
Curl pleaded guilty to sexually abusing Currin beginning in 1983 when she was 13 years old and he was 33. In 2012, a document emerged showing a financial non-disclosure agreement between Curl and Currin (then Davies) where he paid the Davies family $150,000 in exchange for the family agreeing not to speak of any misdeeds or press any charges.
Curl, who was credentialed to attend the 2012 Olympic Trials 2 months after USA Swimming interviewed Currin about the abuse (reported to Safe Sport a year earlier by someone else), was added to USA Swimming’s list of Permanently Ineligible or Suspended Individuals in September of 2012.
At the time of the information coming to light, the Curl-Burke Swim Club was the largest in the country, and has since been reorganized and rebranded as the Nation’s Capital Swim Club under new ownership.
Currin would go on to swim at the University of Texas.
Prior to Currins’ revelation, Curl was best known for coaching an Americans swimmer to three medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.