Former NCAA qualifier Stephanie North has been banned for life by USA Swimming.
North, who in the 2010-2011 season became one of two swimmers to earn the honor of the first Boise State swimmers ever to qualify for NCAA’s, was arrested earlier this year on a charge of “committing any lewd or lascivious acts upon or with the body or any part or member thereof of a minor child under the age of 16 including but not limited to genital-genital contact, oral-genital contact, or manual-genital contact.”
She was arrested under Idaho Statute 18-1508, which carries a mandatory state prison term not more than life, according to our contributor Ceci Christy.
Ms. North was arrested and charged in September this year and is out on bail without a trial scheduled at this time according to the Ada County District Attorney’s Office. The allegations were made by a third party unrelated to either Ms. North or the victim, but who claims to have witnessed several inappropriate meetings between Ms. North and the victim over the course of several months. Further investigation revealed the alleged sexual contact by Ms. North upon the victim on numerous occasions.
North was banned on the basis of three different sections of the 2013 code of conduct:
304.3.6 Conviction of, imposition of a deferred sentence for, or any plea of guilty or no contest at any time, past or present, or the existence of any pending charges, for (i) any felony, (ii) any offense involving use, possession, distribution or intent to distribute illegal drugs or substances, (iii) any crime involving sexual misconduct, or (iv) any criminal offense against a minor.
304.3.8 (A) Any inappropriate sexual conduct or advance, or other inappropriate oral, written, visual,
or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed towards an athlete 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).
304.3.18 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.
Among the clauses she was banned for was one allowing a permanent ban for “the existence of any pending charges” for a felony, which would seem to be a fairly easy hurdle to clear en route to a ban.
North was the 2009 WAC Champion in the 100 free, the first individual conference champion in the history of a young Boise program, and was an honorable mention All-American at the 2012 NCAA Championships as part of a 200 free relay.
North is the 93rd individual on USA Swimming’s public permanently banned for life list. The ban officially took place on September 25th.
A phone call to a number listed for North was met with no answer. USA Swimming confirmed that North was an athlete member from 1994 until her ban in September.