In light of the latest accusations of Kelley Currin and her lawyer, Robert Allard, USA Swimming has shared its own timeline of events since April, where both parties agree that Ms. Currin first sent USA Swimming a non-disclosure agreement signed between herself and coach Rick Curl in the 1980’s.
USA Swimming does not dispute the facts in the statement by Allard and Currin, rather they attempt to fill in the timeline between first contact in April and Friday’s call for an emergency hearing. USA Swimming claims that after first speaking with Currin, her attorney (who was then not Mr. Allard) advised her that because of the confidential nature of the agreement, she should not move forward with the case.
Acting on information it had received about a possible incident involving an unidentified swimmer in the past, USA Swimming worked for months to identify Ms. Currin, and then to locate her. USA Swimming found Ms. Currin and raised this matter with her. She did not come to us.
USA Swimming’s third-party investigator first spoke with Ms. Currin in April. At that time, Ms. Currin sent the investigator the confidential Settlement Agreement she had signed with Mr. Curl. Because this agreement was described as “confidential,” USA Swimming advised Ms. Currin to speak with an attorney before the investigator sent the settlement agreement on to USA Swimming in order to protect herself from legal jeopardy. Ms. Currin’s first lawyer agreed with that approach, and the investigator did not forward the agreement.
On Wednesday, July 18, Ms. Currin advised USA Swimming that she had a new lawyer. On Friday morning, July 20, counsel for USA Swimming emailed the new lawyer and advised him that if, as Ms. Currin’s new counsel, he was comfortable with USA Swimming seeing a copy of the Settlement Agreement, we would ask the investigator to send it to us immediately. Friday afternoon, Mr. Allard attached the Settlement Agreement to an email sent directly to USA Swimming. The following Monday, USA Swimming initiated a National Board of Review proceeding against Mr. Curl based on information contained in the Settlement Agreement.
Potomac Valley Swimming has released a statement to its membership via its website:
By now many of you have read the article written in the Washington Post by Amy Shipley. The events described evoke powerful emotions in us all, as people concerned with the welfare of our children.
The Officers of Potomac Valley Swimming want to assure all of you that our highest priority is the safety of our athletes. We have worked closely with USA Swimming in support of the Safe Sport program that grew out of legislation passed in 2012, and are proud to be part of this program, which is the most comprehensive athlete protection program in Olympic sport. More Information can be found at: www.usaswimming.org/protect.
In addition to conforming to the national program, PVS developed a task force specifically charged with issues dealing with safe sport. Also, the PVS House of Delegates endorsed the creation of a Board position that connects the task force to the Board.
We want to share some facts around the case presented in the Post today. USA Swimming was provided with information late Friday afternoon (7/20/12) which enabled it to initiate the Board of Review process on Monday (7/23/12). The reporting process is one element of USA Swimming’s comprehensive Safe Sport program which includes efforts in each of six different areas: Policies & Guidelines, Screening & Selection, Training & Education, Monitoring & Supervision, Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding and Engagement & Feedback.
By the Amateur Sports Act, all members of a National Governing Body are entitled to due process before any action is taken on their membership. At USA Swimming, that due process is called the National Board of Review, and consists of a hearing by a three-person panel. It is that panel that will hear this case in the next week to 10 days. In the meantime, we have been told by Curl Burke Swim Club that Rick Curl has taken a leave of absence and will not be on deck.
Potomac Valley Swimming supports USA Swimming in all its efforts to protect our athletes and encourages anyone with first hand credible knowledge regarding sexual misconduct to report to USA Swimming.
We understand that this is an emotional time for our members and we assure you that we will share further information when it becomes available.