UPDATE: Rick Curl Surrenders For Arrest to Montgomery County Police Thursday

  17 Braden Keith | October 25th, 2012 | Featured, National, News

The Washington Post is reporting this morning that banned swim coach Rick Curl has turned himself in Thursday morning on one count of child abuse (as pointed out by Tony Austin at the SCAQ Swim Blog).

Despite yesterday denying that any warrant for Curl’s arrest had been issued, in a release today the Montgomery County police department says that a warrant was, in fact, issued on Tuesday, as was first reported by Irv Muchnik at ConcussionInc.net.

In a strange twist, the Maryland State’s Attorney’s office this morning still says that no warrant has been issued, even after the Post’s report that he turned himself in. 

If a warrant is imminent, it does not have to be actually issued for Curl to have turned himself in. Suspects in high-profile cases, when they find that a warrant is pending, will sometimes turn themselves in early to avoid a media circus. Still, that information doesn’t jive with the police’s media release that a warrant was issued on Tuesday.

Curl’s attorney Thomas Kelly was immediately unavailable for comment, as he is currently in a meeting with the Montgomery County Police.

Robert Allard, attorney for the accuser Kelley Currin, released a statement after word broke of the arrest.

“Ms. Currin is pleased that justice is going to be carried out against Mr. Curl but there remains unfinished business,” the statement read. As has been the norm, Allard quickly took the issue back to USA Swimming, saying that “we hope that a similar fate is in store for those at USA Swimming who covered up for him over a period of literally decades.”

Allard then made reference to an unnamed Vice President of USA Swimming who has admitted knowledge of the relationship.  The 63-year old Curl was charge on accusations that he and a former swimmer Currin had a sexual relationship in the ’80’s, referencing an email sent from David Berkhoff sent to Jeff Chida in July of 2010 saying that “we (coaches and athletes) were all talking about it in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s,” while specifically metioning Curl, among others. 

Allard then urged authorities to look into criminal charges against USA Swimming, drawing comparisons to Penn State.

USA Swimming’s response was that Susan Woessner reported the matter to police on July 24th of this year via phone, and then with a follow-up email.

Curl has since resigned his role with the Curl Burke Swim Club and received a lifetime ban from USA Swimming: one that he did not appeal. Police in both Maryland and Virginia (where Curl currently lives) have been conducting their own investigations into the matter.

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3 years 9 months ago

From the Montgomery County Police website

3 years 9 months ago

Please oh please oh please let these arrests spread to other USA Swimming members.

I’m generally not very bloodthirsty, but not when it comes to this. I basically want the whole organization to burn.

Opinionated
3 years 9 months ago

There are many good people involved in USA Swimming and I don’t think they should all be tainted by the few people who are dirtbags. That being said, they need to act like a mandated reporter on child rape. There are highly-trained people who are paid to investigate crimes. They are not called USA Swimming, they are called the police. If they aren’t immediately calling the police, they are not doing the right thing.

Wahooswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

The problem for others, unless there is absolute proof, is that any one who makes a report (and who does not have statutory liability protection) that turns out to be false (or perhaps even just cannot be proven) opens themselves up for a lawsuit for defamation, tens, if not hundreds of thousands in legal fees and cost, potential damage awards with no limit. Do a google search, for false allegations of child abuse – such reports are rampant. Mandated reportiing parties are usually given civil immunity for good faith reports (but not wilful or gross negligence like the Nifong case at Durham/Duke, but in the 80s, and indeed in most states today, many of the people in the best position to reprot suspicions have no such shield – and, as an attorney, if someone who lacked immunity but had suspicions asked me for advice, I’d tell them not to report unless they had absolute proof.

The way you prevent these situations is by:
1) get your state to pass a civil immunity law;
2) get your organization/club to adopt strict behavioral standards/protocols that reduce if not eliminate the likelihood of it occuring – no coach should take a team unchaparoned to an event – there should always be multiple coaches, parents; no coach should engage in private one- on one activity with a minor (particularly of the oppposite sex; clubs/organizations can consider having an anonymous tip/hot line so people can make anonymous reports – there likely will be some false/malicious reports, but if the organization does nothing publicly and does a private investigation they can avoid civil liability and avoid ruining the reputation and career of the innocent. But you can’t go so far as to supend every coach for whoim an anonymous reprot is filed absent evidence – otherwise imagine what would happen if a p[erson made an anonymous report against a championship coach the month before the championship – the team would be hurt by depriving the swimmers of their coach.

Bob
3 years 9 months ago

You are all being snookered by a plaintiff’s attorney who is making millions off of these cases. Yes, he can put together a good statement, but know that each time he settles a case, he takes 50% of the money.

Opinionated
3 years 9 months ago

I hear this criticism a lot. Pointing out the fact that there are legitimate legal barriers to vigorous reform suggestions (like the one I made above) is not just some lawyer wanting to make money. It is a valid point that needs to be addressed if we want to make sure that the rapists are expunged from our sport. Pretending that it is the fault of lawyers and that they are all bad, greedy people who don’t care about anything but their bank account is idiotic and counterproductive. If you really want to solve this problem, start with what you want to have happen (in my case, involving police and other criminal investigatory/prosecutory organizations very early in the process) and then figure out how to make it happen within the law. Scapegoating and stereotyping defense lawyers is a copout and results in a specious argument devoid of the ability to actually make change. I get that you hate lawyers, but that doesn’t help solve the problem. Step up or shut up.

wordoflaw
3 years 9 months ago

If you like to swim – rely on the great people of USA Swimming.
If you want to report a crime – report it to the police and rely on the US legal system.
If you think too many lawyers have tried to make a mockery of said legal system – join the club.

Opinionated
3 years 9 months ago

I agree with most of that, but there is a very vocal group who seem to be trying to make this a referendum about lawyers in general, one lawyer in particular, or the legal system. Rick Curl is a scumbag. The fact that the parents did the wrong thing years ago doesn’t change that. The reputation of swimming AS A SPORT has been damaged by the do-nothing approach of the past. This isn’t about Rick Curl, it isn’t about lawyers, it isn’t about whether or not USA Swimming is corrupt or complicit or protectionist. It is about children getting abused by perverts. It is a real problem that needs a real solution. Getting pissed at Allard does nothing to solve this problem. Let’s focus on the real problem.

Robert
3 years 8 months ago

Having known Rick for some 32 years and having coached with him for three years when I was in college and having roomed with him during most of that time as well, I can say that I know this man very well. These allegations are pure and utter bs, and I suspect that they are no more than a pack of lies… This case is about money, greed, power and control on the part of the plaintiff folks. And it is no more than that. Who signs an NDA and walks away with $150K (which is worth almost half a million dollar’s in today’s dollars by the way) only to bring it up 26 years later? This is someone who is in desperate need of money. The facts are Ms. Currin went through a divorce herself having been accused by her husband of adultery. This is about someone who needs a lot of money and needs it in a hurry. This is not about principal and it is not about doing what is just for swimming and it is not about cleaning up USA Swimming either… I know this man very well, and these allegations are utterly untrue.

Supposedly in this great country of ours, one is innocent until having been proven guilty, unless of course the case involves sex or child abuse… and then that template is thrown out of the window. I am not trying to diminish this act when it does in fact take place as it is a horrid one that deserves our attention and the most severe punishment; however, many allegations like this one are ultimately proven to be inaccurate, baseless or untrue. The Duke Lacrosse Case being one of the more prominent of these cases in recent memory where four good men were falsely accused of rape and battery and were convicted in the court of public opinion by Nancy Grace and the media every night for a year and a half until the plaintiff admitted she was in fact lying… The reality is that sometimes people do lie… that is a fact and this will be one of those cases. It is unfair and disingenuous for any of us to convict Rick Curl, or anyone for that matter, in the court of The Washington Post or the court of public opinion unless of course you know or have all of the facts – which none of us has at this point…. This case is one of iniquitous greed at its’ very core I suspect. And it is taking place because of one simple fact, the plaintiff and alleged victim needs money and needs it in a hurry…

Opinionated
3 years 8 months ago

The fact that Rick felt the need AT THE TIME to enter into a secret agreement with an NDA included speaks to his guilt. Making insinuations about the motives of the victim (gee, someone in America got a divorce due to infidelity? Whodathunkit?) is the worst form of “blame the victim” behavior. Since you have no knowledge of the Curran family finances, you literally have no idea what you are talking about.

Like you, I have known and liked (although clearly not as much as you) Rick Curl. But this looks like the real deal. If you have some facts that you can present to authorities that will help in his defense, please do so. If all you have is sly insinuations with no basis that attempt to smear the victim or question her integrity while ignoring the actions of Rick Curl, please shut up.

Robert
3 years 8 months ago

You know Opinionated, it is people like you that speak not knowing any or all of the facts that do such a grave injustice to our society. First of all, the NDA means very little to nothing here at all. Rick and his partner, timing wise, were just getting the new club Curl/Burke, off of the ground in 1989 when this happened. A story like this – had it gone public at the time, accurately or inaccurately, would have doomed the new company from the very start. An NDA like this – in order to avoid the embarrassment of court given the timing of starting the new company, would not have been uncommon. If the same thing had happened to you, Opinionated, and you had been wrongly accused of having done something which you did not do, which does happen more often than you might think, you may have made the same call.

I am not blaming the victim. However what I am saying is there is a real and genuine possibility here, knowing who her counsel is and how he has framed this argument against USA Swimming, and the fact that this is coming only weeks after the Jerrry Sandusky conviction, that there may be some untruths being motivated by MONEY. Money motiviates people to lie at times, and in my business, I have seen this type of thing happen where money motivates people to do things that are surreal and disingenuous.

If Rick is guilty, he should burn… Having said that, if she is lying, which is a real possibiity also, then she should burn for destroying this man and his character and his family… The truth is, only two people know the actual facts, and you are not one of them… And
having known this man and his wife and his family since I was 19, I know him better than most and likely better than you. In all of my time of working and coaching and having lived with Rick, I never saw or heard anything remotely close to this type of behavior. If I had seen it, I would have called him on it and reported it.

So, if you can show real and specific evidence that proves Rick’s guilt, then show it now. Otherwise, you can shut the hell up. The presumed victim is also the accuser and neither one of us – nor anyone for that matter – knows what her specific motiviation is or what has happened between these two – it is simply her word against his. PERIOD. Again, if you have specific evidence of his guilt, then show it to the world today, otherwise, you can – please – get off of your sanctimonious rant and shut up as well.

3 years 8 months ago

This site should tell all people their comments won’t be posted if there is nasty labels or profanity or other uncivil states. To say burn do the people want to be more specific? Punished how? Opinionated stop the name calling and educate yourselves. The case consists of nothing but Currin and the NDA and most people dont know millions of NDAs are signed all the time for many reasons and usually forced on an accused who may disagree 100% but due to many reasons, avoiding more costs, avoiding more legal problems, avoiding future interaction with opposing person, business reasons, family, health etc NDAs are signed and money exchanged to keep private but never as an agreement of any accusations by the person who forced the NDA on the other side. Many times a person feels the other party is holding them hostage with a gun to their head and they sign against their will. This happened in the Michael Jackson case who was on a billion dollar world concert tour and he refused to pay but some of his colleages felt it was necessary to avoid losing a billion or more and ruining his career. His accuser admitted it was all a lie after MJ died and the accuser’s father committed suicide – the father admitted it was all for money. This case is very similar. She never tried to avoid Curl. She still claims she is destroyed he stopped all contact with her. Why would she write about sex with him and put in in a diary where her parents would find and they never noticed for 4 years? Notice she admits lying on tv. She first said sex at 16 which is legal in Maryland as the age of consent. Now she says 13. She said she came forward to help little girls but admits never helping little girls. She said she came forward after Penn State but also said she has tried to punish Curl since the day hje stopped contact with her. She can’t keep a secret now why think she ever could at 13-17? Never any proof of sex or any platonic non swim frienddship. Maybe he visited the home or babysat. Many coaches know athletes and students and their families and have tutored or socialized with them which is all acceptable. Also people who roomed with her at this time said no such evidence of sex or relationship between the 2 of them. Her teammates and schoolmates many said they thhink she MADE IT ALL UP. There is no reason for publicity if it happened. And whether one time or for many times there should be physical evidence. She and parents never went to police on day of alleged event. At 43 she refused to go to police in person. USA Swimming sent an email and called. If she can’t report at age 13-17 or at age 43 I believe it never happened. Also she never claimed abuse until Curl stopped all contact. She never complained during the time of the alleged 4 years nor to Curl Senior Staff, nor to her school, friends, no one. Diary entry of sex may have been made and abuse claims after Curl kicked her out of club and team for other reasons. Adult sex/rape cases police demand sex exams, details on dates of activity and it must be reported day of event of in 24 hours unless incapacitated and proof with physical evidence beyond a reasonable doubt for cases to even go forward. The big problem most people don’t know is child abuse charges go forward now with only a verbal complaint by one person or someone for them and no evidence may be even available and many accused have been unfairly charged, arrested, jailed, prosecuted, conviccted, jailed and have most if not all of their lives ruined. Some of them like the Duke athletes get exonerated or win at trial. Remeber te media accused the Duke team as guilty and they said noting to the media or public. Do not ever assume any charge means guilt and do not assume any accuser or prosecutor or judges decision to charge or punish means guilt either. Prisons in the USA and world wide are full of people falsely accused and until it happens to you you usually can’t believe this is possible. The media have no right to take sides they all are supposed to be neutral. The media including this site may be biased due to some unpublicized connection to an accuser. The atty in the Curl case acccuses swim coaches so he and the swimmer can make millions. This is greed and I think also extortion with an NDA. She claimed it was never about money but she refuses to repay the money and she got this specific atty because he makes money on this type of case. I think also the media may be paying her a lot of money. I bet she is planning to make money with a book, money, tv show, or go on Oprah or other such activity for fame and fortune. Also she and atty claimed Curl was just like Sandusky with over a dozen such early teens accusers and atty also claims dozens of adults with relationships with Curl all of which I think are not only false but sow how vicious and mean Currin and her atty are to say such numbers with no proof. Any one who knows Rick Curl knows he doesn’t have unlimited free time for all this so called sex, I doubt he has much time for much family time or even food or sleep. I have known him for 4 decades and never saw anything remotely to this or any crime. Also atty Allard claims US Swimming VP David Berkoff knew of Currin and Curl sex story but Berkoff said that was untrue and he also said he never saw any wrong doing between Curl and Currin. He does not prey on anyone. She admits she and her family paid him a huge sum to win a date with him. It was said to be the prize for raising the most money but she did not raise money her family gave all the money so she would win so they obviously supported her being with him. That is surprising if she was under age 15-16 which is considered the minimum age to date and have sex. Also Why did her college team kick her off the team and why did she lose her college scholarship and did she sue that college coach? Why blame Curl for loss of college scholarship and failure to make Olympics when she could go to many coaches and teams to train? The NDA amount may ave likely been intentional by her and her parents to get money for college to replace the scholarsip she lost not for claims of abuse. Child sex abuse claims are frequently used to punish someone such as divorcing adults claim that to punish their ex spouse and it is almost always false. Notice Currin admits many lawyers disagreed with her and she disobeyed them. If Curl did have sex with her why did she not yell,kick,scream, use her nails, bite, slap, get away frim him and leave his club? Because I believe it never happened. The Media claims she is haunted by case yet watch her and see she laughs, jokes, admits lies shows no sign of being haunted. If she had sex she claims was so great she loved him and wanted to marry him. Abuse is unwanted and she if she had sex consented. Also note she had other relationships, got married how many times, had kids, got a job, residence, had kids. No evidence of any bad effect of any sex relationship. If tis happened it may have been sex only which most people don’t consider a relationship, but just sex. She claims she could have been somebody. Translation I think is It is Curl’s fault she does not have a gold medal and fame and millions from that gold medal so punishing him and getting millions from him is to get her the fame and money she demands. She does not care who she embarrasses. She does not care that she is trying to ruin his club, her former club and ruin many people in the swim industry. US Swimming may have thought banning Curl would prevent her from suing but instead I suspect she and atty will sue for millions. Also note US Swimming knew of NDA for decades and never punished Curl until after all media bad publicity in 2012. Currin had no good reason to publicize case and no one should publicize their legal, family, sex, crime, relationship, money or other embarrassing personal details in public anyways. That shows no morals. She has no morals if she had sex under age 18. This website and the US Swimming rep who reported to police on Curl was Susan Woesner and she and Currin went to TX so some Texans are behind the bad publicity and also I think atty Allard notified all the media to blugeon Curl. Curl got more negative press in 6 months then favorable press in 40 years and that is all based on one verbal complaint and no witnesses and no physical evidence. I ask all people to stop their own personal assumption of guilt against any person or persons they hear or read who gets accused of anything and realize all information is not known and many times the accuser and media have motives for trying to punish the accused. Note Texas and California have both been major swim power regions and knocking off Curl and his entire team they may think would help their region. Also note after Allard claimed he made millions against one coach then Currin and other accusers came forward. So more indications of greed by atty and accusers. Currin blaims other coaches who she may also use to sue directly or by suing US Swimming which hurts all swim industry. Why does she not blame her parents if there was sex and they ended it and why she never blames friends if they knew and never tried to stop it? NOTICE SHE NEVER BLAMES HERSELF.SHE BLAMES EVERYONE BUT HER PARENTS AND ATTY BECAUSE THEY EXPECT TO SHARE MILLIONS. She blames coaches and attys she did not share money. People she tell she calls witnesses but they aren’t. The NDA says se can’t punish Curl civilly or criminally so this case should never have been publicized, never gone to a police or court. Police and court 30 years ago refused it. SO this is also double jeopardy.She admits on tv she wants to punish Curl club, other swimmers and coaches so I think again she is being selfish for money for herself, she embarrassed the club and sport during the Olympics, she does not care about her own reputation or anyones. I am surprised any atty would accept her. I am sure she can’t afford an atty and another reason she and the atty will try to sue Curl, sue US Swimming and others and make book, tv, money deals. It is not Curls nor any one’s fault but hers if she does poorly and fails to make Olympics or has an eating disorder, or gets kicked off college team, loses swim scholarship, or her claims of suicide. Where is proof of suicide. Even if 4 years of sex took place she can’t blame Curl for what she does during the time she knew him or afterward. She admits US Swimming nor police nor anyone would punish CUrl until she and atty went to media. She does not care that she is losing friends and former teammates and hurting her own coworkers and family. If sex took place she should be banned by US Swimming and banned from coaching and teaching. If it is all made up she should be punished even more severely. In either case she violated NDA and should be punished and forced to repay it. She has damaged the entire sport and the media is also damaging it as well. People should behave in public and private first rate and the mainstream media should stop being biased and stop trying to be law enforcement. US Swimming should promote swimming and never be involved in legal or law enforcement. That is the job of police and courts.Any person who serves on jury duty should remember everyone is innocent until proven guilty beyond all reasonable doubt by physical evidence not by verbal rages by Currin or anyone in the media. Civil courts shoul.d be eliminated. No child abuse cases should be allowed without overwhelming physical evidence presented first to the police, and no person no atty should get paid for alleged crime victims. Stop paying kidnappers and they wont kidnap. Stop paying any crime accusers especially of child sex abuse and there wont be many cases of child sex abuse. Anyone 17 and under having sex with any person under 18 or over 18 and they should get the same punishment as the adult and that would help eliminate this problem.

3 years 8 months ago

I request this and all media sites refuse to post any messages containing profanity or using any name calling in the messages. People should not be allowed to post messages if this cant do so without using negative name calling and those messages not be allowed up.(examples – creep, dirtbag, scumbag, pedafile,monster,sicko,whore,pervert,) no one on any siade of any issue should use such language and it only subtracts from what ever opinion or information they wish to put up.

3 years 8 months ago

Any person which have any positive and encouraging words and offers of any type of support for Rick Curl and his family during this case please contact him through his atty at this time and also anyone who has any information that can help Rick Curl get fully cleared and acquitted in this case please notify his legal team at email [email protected] or http://www.Venable.com Atty is Thomas J. Kelly partner at Venable.com

Jaguire
3 years 8 months ago

Thank you for sharing this information with respect to Rick’s counsel, I am very glad to know this… Have a terrific weekend!

3 years 8 months ago

Why haven’t my comment been added? Please add it.

This site should tell all people their comments won’t be posted if there is nasty labels or profanity or other uncivil states. To say burn do the people want to be more specific? Punished how? Opinionated stop the name calling and educate yourselves. The case consists of nothing but Currin and the NDA and most people dont know millions of NDAs are signed all the time for many reasons and usually forced on an accused who may disagree 100% but due to many reasons, avoiding more costs, avoiding more legal problems, avoiding future interaction with opposing person, business reasons, family, health etc NDAs are signed and money exchanged to keep private but never as an agreement of any accusations by the person who forced the NDA on the other side. Many times a person feels the other party is holding them hostage with a gun to their head and they sign against their will. This happened in the Michael Jackson case who was on a billion dollar world concert tour and he refused to pay but some of his colleages felt it was necessary to avoid losing a billion or more and ruining his career. His accuser admitted it was all a lie after MJ died and the accuser’s father committed suicide – the father admitted it was all for money. This case is very similar. She never tried to avoid Curl. She still claims she is destroyed he stopped all contact with her. Why would she write about sex with him and put in in a diary where her parents would find and they never noticed for 4 years? Notice she admits lying on tv. She first said sex at 16 which is legal in Maryland as the age of consent. Now she says 13. She said she came forward to help little girls but admits never helping little girls. She said she came forward after Penn State but also said she has tried to punish Curl since the day hje stopped contact with her. She can’t keep a secret now why think she ever could at 13-17? Never any proof of sex or any platonic non swim frienddship. Maybe he visited the home or babysat. Many coaches know athletes and students and their families and have tutored or socialized with them which is all acceptable. Also people who roomed with her at this time said no such evidence of sex or relationship between the 2 of them. Her teammates and schoolmates many said they thhink she MADE IT ALL UP. There is no reason for publicity if it happened. And whether one time or for many times there should be physical evidence. She and parents never went to police on day of alleged event. At 43 she refused to go to police in person. USA Swimming sent an email and called. If she can’t report at age 13-17 or at age 43 I believe it never happened. Also she never claimed abuse until Curl stopped all contact. She never complained during the time of the alleged 4 years nor to Curl Senior Staff, nor to her school, friends, no one. Diary entry of sex may have been made and abuse claims after Curl kicked her out of club and team for other reasons. Adult sex/rape cases police demand sex exams, details on dates of activity and it must be reported day of event of in 24 hours unless incapacitated and proof with physical evidence beyond a reasonable doubt for cases to even go forward. The big problem most people don’t know is child abuse charges go forward now with only a verbal complaint by one person or someone for them and no evidence may be even available and many accused have been unfairly charged, arrested, jailed, prosecuted, conviccted, jailed and have most if not all of their lives ruined. Some of them like the Duke athletes get exonerated or win at trial. Remeber te media accused the Duke team as guilty and they said noting to the media or public. Do not ever assume any charge means guilt and do not assume any accuser or prosecutor or judges decision to charge or punish means guilt either. Prisons in the USA and world wide are full of people falsely accused and until it happens to you you usually can’t believe this is possible. The media have no right to take sides they all are supposed to be neutral. The media including this site may be biased due to some unpublicized connection to an accuser. The atty in the Curl case acccuses swim coaches so he and the swimmer can make millions. This is greed and I think also extortion with an NDA. She claimed it was never about money but she refuses to repay the money and she got this specific atty because he makes money on this type of case. I think also the media may be paying her a lot of money. I bet she is planning to make money with a book, money, tv show, or go on Oprah or other such activity for fame and fortune. Also she and atty claimed Curl was just like Sandusky with over a dozen such early teens accusers and atty also claims dozens of adults with relationships with Curl all of which I think are not only false but sow how vicious and mean Currin and her atty are to say such numbers with no proof. Any one who knows Rick Curl knows he doesn’t have unlimited free time for all this so called sex, I doubt he has much time for much family time or even food or sleep. I have known him for 4 decades and never saw anything remotely to this or any crime. Also atty Allard claims US Swimming VP David Berkoff knew of Currin and Curl sex story but Berkoff said that was untrue and he also said he never saw any wrong doing between Curl and Currin. He does not prey on anyone. She admits she and her family paid him a huge sum to win a date with him. It was said to be the prize for raising the most money but she did not raise money her family gave all the money so she would win so they obviously supported her being with him. That is surprising if she was under age 15-16 which is considered the minimum age to date and have sex. Also Why did her college team kick her off the team and why did she lose her college scholarship and did she sue that college coach? Why blame Curl for loss of college scholarship and failure to make Olympics when she could go to many coaches and teams to train? The NDA amount may ave likely been intentional by her and her parents to get money for college to replace the scholarsip she lost not for claims of abuse. Child sex abuse claims are frequently used to punish someone such as divorcing adults claim that to punish their ex spouse and it is almost always false. Notice Currin admits many lawyers disagreed with her and she disobeyed them. If Curl did have sex with her why did she not yell,kick,scream, use her nails, bite, slap, get away frim him and leave his club? Because I believe it never happened. The Media claims she is haunted by case yet watch her and see she laughs, jokes, admits lies shows no sign of being haunted. If she had sex she claims was so great she loved him and wanted to marry him. Abuse is unwanted and she if she had sex consented. Also note she had other relationships, got married how many times, had kids, got a job, residence, had kids. No evidence of any bad effect of any sex relationship. If this happened it may have been sex only which most people don’t consider a relationship, but just sex. She claims she could have been somebody. Translation I think is It is Curl’s fault she does not have a gold medal and fame and millions from that gold medal so punishing him and getting millions from him is to get her the fame and money she demands. She does not care who she embarrasses. She does not care that she is trying to ruin his club, her former club and ruin many people in the swim industry. US Swimming may have thought banning Curl would prevent her from suing but instead I suspect she and atty will sue for millions. Also note US Swimming knew of NDA for decades and never punished Curl until after all media bad publicity in 2012. Currin had no good reason to publicize case and no one should publicize their legal, family, sex, crime, relationship, money or other embarrassing personal details in public anyways. That shows no morals. She has no morals if she had sex under age 18. This website and the US Swimming rep who reported to police on Curl was Susan Woesner and she and Currin went to TX so some Texans are behind the bad publicity and also I think atty Allard notified all the media to blugeon Curl. Curl got more negative press in 6 months then favorable press in 40 years and that is all based on one verbal complaint and no witnesses and no physical evidence. I ask all people to stop their own personal assumption of guilt against any person or persons they hear or read who gets accused of anything and realize all information is not known and many times the accuser and media have motives for trying to punish the accused. Note Texas and California have both been major swim power regions and knocking off Curl and his entire team they may think would help their region. Also note after Allard claimed he made millions against one coach then Currin and other accusers came forward. So more indications of greed by atty and accusers. Currin blaims other coaches who she may also use to sue directly or by suing US Swimming which hurts all swim industry. Why does she not blame her parents if there was sex and they ended it and why she never blames friends if they knew and never tried to stop it? NOTICE SHE NEVER BLAMES HERSELF.SHE BLAMES EVERYONE BUT HER PARENTS AND ATTY BECAUSE THEY EXPECT TO SHARE MILLIONS. She blames coaches and attys she did not share money. People she tell she calls witnesses but they aren’t. The NDA says se can’t punish Curl civilly or criminally so this case should never have been publicized, never gone to a police or court. Police and court 30 years ago refused it. SO this is also double jeopardy.She admits on tv she wants to punish Curl club, other swimmers and coaches so I think again she is being selfish for money for herself, she embarrassed the club and sport during the Olympics, she does not care about her own reputation or anyones. I am surprised any atty would accept her. I am sure she can’t afford an atty and another reason she and the atty will try to sue Curl, sue US Swimming and others and make book, tv, money deals. It is not Curls nor any one’s fault but hers if she does poorly and fails to make Olympics or has an eating disorder, or gets kicked off college team, loses swim scholarship, or her claims of suicide. Where is proof of suicide. Even if 4 years of sex took place she can’t blame Curl for what she does during the time she knew him or afterward. She admits US Swimming nor police nor anyone would punish CUrl until she and atty went to media. She does not care that she is losing friends and former teammates and hurting her own coworkers and family. If sex took place she should be banned by US Swimming and banned from coaching and teaching. If it is all made up she should be punished even more severely. In either case she violated NDA and should be punished and forced to repay it. She has damaged the entire sport and the media is also damaging it as well. People should behave in public and private first rate and the mainstream media should stop being biased and stop trying to be law enforcement. US Swimming should promote swimming and never be involved in legal or law enforcement. That is the job of police and courts.Any person who serves on jury duty should remember everyone is innocent until proven guilty beyond all reasonable doubt by physical evidence not by verbal rages by Currin or anyone in the media. Civil courts shoul.d be eliminated. No child abuse cases should be allowed without overwhelming physical evidence presented first to the police, and no person no atty should get paid for alleged crime victims. Stop paying kidnappers and they wont kidnap. Stop paying any crime accusers especially of child sex abuse and there wont be many cases of child sex abuse. Anyone 17 and under having sex with any person under 18 or over 18 and they should get the same punishment as the adult and that would help eliminate this problem.

Jaguire
3 years 8 months ago

Response:

Wow, great response, “Response”! I hope that you were able to take a breath when you wrote all of that. I am very impressed! That got me fired up and ready to go, if you will. But I digress. You are correct! Our system is absolutely broken. It is run by attorneys and complainants who sometimes make things up in order to make a lot of money doing so. There is little integrity at all to our system any longer. It has been beguiled by money now for years…

For some perspective of what we are talking about here, one of my dearest friends was going through a divorce a few years back. The couple had many neighbors who had sided almost exclusively with the husband in this case because of concerns regarding his wife’s alcoholism. All of a sudden, a false-grudge referral was made to the county against one of the couples about to testify in court for the husband (when the couple were at a movie no less on a Saturday night) stating that this couple had molested and abused their own children! The compliant was utterly false and untrue. The couple was forced to return home from the movie, early, only to find, on a Saturday night no less, that the county had removed their two boys from their own home and taken them to the police for questioning at the ages of 7 and 10 years of age no less! And the couple had to be questioned as well, independently, the allegation being that they had tied their children up and put them in the closet, et al. All of these allegations were ultimately proven to have been false and deceptive.

Why was this done? For money and for control. The wife in this case did not want this couple to come forward against her in the divorce trial pending realizing that she might lose her children, future alimony and child support. To make a long story short, the grudge referral DID NOT work – the couple did in fact testify and ultimately, custody of the children went to the father – in this case… not the mother, which was the right thing to have happened btw. The point is not that this could have been a man or a woman. It could have happened to anyone. The primary point here is that this is how our system works. The parents were innocent but had to prove their innocence after having been made out to be the guilty party. These poor people were falsely accused of a crime they did not commit! The referral was completely anonymous so there was no risk to the individual making the false claim… How do I know all of this – the wife later confessed to me about what she had done and that she had lied. Too late, damage done.

My point is that sometimes people do in fact lie and make shiddizle up. Am I sure that is the case here with Curl? No, I am not; however, this case is very suspicious… Ever read the story about Stephen Glass who once wrote for “The New Republic” in downtown D.C.? He made stories up for years which his editors bought hook, line and sinker and most of them were total bs… Great story and true as well. It was a great movie a few years back which starred Hayden Christiansen, Peter Sarsgaard and Chloe Sevigny called “Shattered Glass”.

Sometimes, as you have astutely pointed out, “Response”, people do in fact make stuff up to benefit them financially and otherwise. This may be one of those cases. I did not know this young lady when I coached, but seriously, if your child were being raped or abused or molested, and your parents found out, as you and others have pointed out in other posts, why would the parents continue to permit this man and his team coach your child? I mean other clubs were down the street in Rockville and Darnestown… Then, the parents file a complaint two years hence – for money only, counsel to counsel – DON’T go to the courts and don’t attempt to contact the police! And the excuse from her is that her parents were: “naive” – Really? Irresponsible is the preferred term, in my view…

If one of my children had been raped or molested by an adult, as she alleges, the first person I would have called would have been “Mr. Policeman” after I had had a few words and actions with the alleged perp. I would likely have been thrown in jail for a few days for having gone a few rounds with the man who had raped or abused my daughter – to the extent that I knew it to be true… I certainly would not have called my attorney and not asked for any justice against the (alleged) perpetrator.

Again, as you so astutely point out, “Response”, and as I have strived to do as well. This is a cold case – 27 years old – of “her word against his”. It could be his word against hers – it makes no difference. If she has facts to support her claim, let’s see them. So far this looks like someone who enjoys the limelight and may be looking for a quick payday… I have known Rick for 34 years as many have, and have always known him to be an extraordinary and decent guy despite his overwhelming height*. Let’s be civil about this and wait to see how all of the facts play out, to the extent any exist at all, before we judge Mr. Curl any further. That is all I suggest… A very nice weekend to all.

*This is a joke for anyone who may be or considered to be joke challenged – lol. 

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