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.