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Rick Curl faces disciplinary hearing [Update 15:45 July 25]

By Amy Shipley

USA Swimming has requested an emergency disciplinary hearing against prominent Washington area swimming coach Rick Curl for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a teen swimmer and then paying her and her parents to keep quiet as part of a settlement.

Kelley Currin, whose maiden name was Kelley Davies, said Curl had sexual relations with her for four years beginning in 1983, when she was 13 and he 33.

Currin said her parents, Gerald and Pamela Davies, learned of the alleged relationship when they read her diary soon before she left for the University of Texas on a swimming scholarship in 1987. She said they confronted Curl, but their attorney discouraged them from pursuing criminal action.

Instead, in 1989, the parties reached a non-disclosure agreement under which Curl agreed to compensate the family $150,000 over 11 years for the “pain and suffering experienced by her” and because he recognized possible damage to his “reputation and customer relations.” Under the agreement, which The Post has reviewed, Currin agreed not to press charges or speak publicly about it.

Reached Tuesday night, Curl, 62, declined to comment on the matter. Asked if he had any comment about USA Swimming’s action, he replied, “No, I have no idea what that’s all about.” Asked about specific allegations made by Currin, Curl abruptly ended the call.

Curl, who coached Tom Dolan to three medals in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, attended last month’s U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha on a coaching credential. His Curl-Burke Swim Club, founded in 1978, is one of the largest in the country, with 950 swimmers among its 10 sites in the Washington area.

Shortly after this article was published online Wednesday, Curl-Burke posted a letter on the club’s Web site announcing Curl was taking a leave of absence effective immediately.

“Curl Burke Swim Club takes very seriously the health and well being of your children that swim for our Club,” the letter read in part. “This article is painful for our Club and Rick Curl personally.”

Last week in an interview with The Post, Currin, now 43, said, “I was stifled for 23 years from saying anything because I signed a piece of paper when I was 19. Now, I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I’m done being quiet about it . . . It was a crime, what happened.”

Added Currin in an interview Tuesday: “It’s been 23 years, six months and two days. That’s better than 23 years, six months and three days. All I can do is all I do today to make a change. . . . I can’t go back. It’s very disheartening that I was scared for so long.”

Currin said when her parents became aware of the matter years ago, their attorney told them that Andrew Sonner, then the Montgomery County State’s Attorney, speculated that Curl would get only “a slap on the wrist.” (Sonner, now retired, has told The Post he did not recall the matter.) Currin said she confided in a number of people, including some prominent coaches, but The Post was unable to find any evidence of formal action initiated against Curl.

Gerald and Pamela Davies declined to comment for this story. Currin said her parents believed they had gotten bad legal advice and later regretted agreeing to the settlement, but at the time saw few options.

“My parents were great parents, but they were as naive as I was,” said Currin, who now lives outside Dallas. “They did not know. They trusted this guy.”

Currin said that a USA Swimming investigator contacted her and her parents two months ago. USA Swimming on Monday night initiated a National Board of Review proceeding, requesting an expedited hearing and inviting the alleged victim to testify, according to USA Swimming spokeswoman Jamie Fabos Olsen. Fabos Olsen said the organization moved to take action last Friday after receiving the non-disclosure agreement.

B. Robert Allard, Currin’s attorney, sent the agreement to USA Swimming via e-mail soon after Currin spoke on the record for the first time to The Post.

“In order to protect the integrity of the case, I cannot comment further on its details except to confirm that USA Swimming has initiated the process in place to deal with complaints of sexual misconduct,” Fabos Olsen said in an e-mail.

Emergency hearings generally take place in about 10 days; the board can rule to suspend membership pending a full board review that would occur within about another 45 days.

The complaint drafted before the family reached its financial settlement, which The Post reviewed, alleges that Curl sexually molested Currin beginning in March 1983, when she was 13, and performed oral sex on her at age 14. The complaint, which is called Exhibit A

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in the agreement, alleged he had sexual intercourse with her when she was 16. Currin told The Post that the sexual intercourse actually began at 14 but she did not disclose this to her parents at the time out of concern they would be angry with her. The agreement, which was signed by Curl, states that he was not admitting any liability in connection with the allegations.

‘That was the beginning’

Currin said the abuse started with a kiss on the lips in front of a water fountain in the hallways of Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda when she was 13. That night, she said, Curl called her at her home. She recalled stretching the cord of the phone into the dining room for privacy. Curl told her, she said, he was “on cloud nine.”

“That,” she said, “was the beginning.”

Currin said she would sneak with Curl into an office at Georgetown Prep after practices, where kissing turned into oral sex and sexual intercourse in a bathroom inside the office. She said Curl told her she was “special” and, on a number of occasions: “Don’t worry, if we get caught, I’ll take half of the blame.”

“By the time I was 14, in my little 14-year-old brain, it was very much a love affair,” she said. “I loved him. . . . Any problem I had, he would fix it.”

She said sexual intercourse occurred on nearly every road trip, including in the stairwell of a hotel shortly after Curl got married; at his house when he would put in pornographic movies; and even at her parents’ house while they were home. Because she lived in Ashton, 30 minutes away from Georgetown Prep, Curl occasionally would offer to drive her to early morning practices, she said, and her unsuspecting parents offered him a bedroom to save him the drive.

Currin’s revelation comes in the wake of a handful of lawsuits filed in recent years against USA Swimming by youth swimmers who allege that adult coaches abused them. USA Swimming has since instituted an awareness program, mandatory background checks and other safeguards, including requiring that its members report any inappropriate activity.

Curl, the 1994 American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year, has been a member of the U.S. national team coaching staff. Curl functions mostly as the Curl-Burke Swim Club’s chief executive rather than an on-deck coach currently, according to coaches at the club.

Currin won a gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly at the 1987 Pan Pacific Championships in Brisbane, Australia, and finished fourth in 100 fly at the 1986 Goodwill Games in Moscow. She still holds the top times in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle among Curl-Burke swimmers ages 13-14. Olympian Katie Ledecky last July broke her 28-year-old record in the 100 butterfly among 13-14-year-olds

Currin told The Post that for years she was fearful of speaking out because of the threat of possible legal action from Curl based on the confidentiality provisions in the agreement. Allard told USA Swimming in an e-mail provided to The Post that she would not testify at any hearing, questioning the legitimacy of the process and arguing that the document itself provided sufficient evidence for action to be taken.

In an e-mail from USA Swimming’s attorney Rich Young, which was provided to The Post, Young said Currin’s testimony could be critical to the case.

‘A big step for her’

Curl ceased communication with Currin after her parents found out, she said. She said at that time she felt heartbroken and devastated. Though she won the gold medal in the 200 fly at the Pan Pacific Championships in 1987, the year she entered college, she finished seventh in the event at the U.S. Olympic trials in 1988, failing to make the U.S. Olympic team.

A day later, she said, she entered a treatment facility in Texas, where she spent two months receiving care for an eating disorder. After she was released, her family negotiated the settlement.

Currin said she confided in a number of people when the relationship ended, including Bill Bullough, the founder of the Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club. Bullough said she told him of a sexual relationship with Curl but did not provide specifics. At the time, she was seeking another club with which to train when she returned home from college.

“We provided her an opportunity to get back and swim and support her,” Bullough said Saturday. “We did hear [about a sexual relationship] from her. It was none of our business. She wasn’t all that comfortable [talking about it]. It was a big step for her to say, ‘I’d like to swim, but I can’t go back to that guy.’ ”

Added Bullough: “She wasn’t asking for help from us. It was like, ‘Hey, this is behind me; I’d like to keep it behind me.’ . . . She hadn’t gone public. It didn’t sound like she wanted to deal with it [publicly]. Out of respect for her, we didn’t tell anybody.”

In a rule instituted in September 2010, USA Swimming requires that members report inappropriate activity when they become aware of it. If the alleged activity appears to be criminal, USA Swimming is required to inform the proper authorities.

Another coach who declined to be identified said Currin spoke to him as part of her therapy for the eating disorder. The coach said she provided graphic details about abuse from Curl, including when and where sex occurred.

“I just sat there in shock,” said the coach, who declined to be named on the advice of his attorney.

The coach said he did not want to break his confidence with Currin but personally tried to ensure that Curl did not receive prestigious assignments and even hired a private investigator in 2003 to look into Curl’s past. However, he said, the investigator turned up no inappropriate behavior.

A teammate at Curl-Burke said Currin told her shortly before the 1988 Olympic trials what had happened.

“I was pretty much in shock,” said the swimmer, who declined to be named. “It was so under cover. I would room with Kelley on trips, are you kidding me? . . . It still blows me away. . . . She told me all the years it occurred, and that there was sex. She thought he loved her and she loved him. She thought she was going to grow up and they would get married.

“No one else came out in my era and said, ‘Oh yeah, me, too.’ And I was there the whole time.”

Currin said she also confided in the late Richard Quick, a former U.S. Olympic team coach who was at the University of Texas when she arrived, and a number of other prominent coaches. One of those coaches, who requested anonymity, said he took steps to ensure that Curl was not appointed to prestigious USA Swimming assignments and informed USA Swimming leadership, but no action was taken.

Pete Morgan, who coached Olympic medalist Ed Moses and has coached under Curl since his earliest days, said he heard rumors of an inappropriate relationship and asked Curl about them on a number of occasions. Currin claimed that Morgan had walked in on her and Curl when they were kissing in a hotel room, but Morgan denied witnessing such an incident.

“All I know about the stories that have circulated about Kelley and Rick are hearsay,” Morgan said Sunday. “Rick never confided in me — and I consider him one of my best friends — anything that would be inappropriate. . . . Kelley never confided in me anything untoward. . . . Rick and I certainly chatted it up. Rick felt there was nothing to add to the rumors other than that they were untrue. My hope is this is something that doesn’t have a basis.”

Staff writer Paul Tenorio contributed to this report.

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24 Responses to “Rick Curl faces disciplinary hearing [Update 15:45 July 25]”

  1. MDSwimMom says:

    All parents of swimmers should watch the free interactive online USA Swimming parents’ training video for athlete protection available at http://usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1960&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en and keep a continuing open dialogue with their children about interactions with their coaches.

  2. hscoach says:

    Finally, I can’t believe it took so long for this to come out. Probably the worst kept secret in Potomac Valley swimming. What a sad reflection on the culture of club swimming; that this went on so long with so many heads turned the other way and closed mouths.

    BTW, what’s going on with that other CURL coach Noah Ruker?

  3. Swimmomof4 says:

    If this was a poorly kept secret, then every HS coach or club coach who knew about this should be held accountable. People who work with children have an obligation to keep them safe–not turn their heads the other way and close their mouths. If you have suspicions about any coach, past or current, please call Child Protective Services and make a report–you will save many kids the pain that this woman has gone through for the past 20+ years.

  4. swimgirl50 says:

    What happened to” innocent until proven guilty” ? Has anyone dug into Ms.Kelly Davies Currin’s past??? It might add something to the story!!!

    I swam for Rick for over 8 years, during my high school and college years. Not once did I witness or experience any inappropriate actions on his part.

    Isn’t it interesting that this is all coming out after the conviction and settlement regarding the Sandusky atrocity? And all the hype surrounding the Olympics.

    The truth needs to be unearthed. Many people have already have been hurt by this story. Many more will be as well. It is imperative that the truth, if it is possible, be determined… For Kelly’s sake, for Rick’s sake for the entire swimming community’s sake.

  5. hscoach says:

    Keep drinking the Kool -aid because that is the only way you could mis-interrprupt the settlement agreement that is in the WP, that has Rick Curls signature on it.

    Oh and swimgirl50, the “blaming the victim” defense is usually left for the guilty.

  6. Very Concerned says:

    HELLO SWIMGIRL50, while with Curl you must have drank the KoolAide. This isn’t a legal issue. Curl committed the crime and then bought away the guilt with a cool $150 k payment. Why is there a need to look into Currin’s past? She already has produced the signed document showing Curl’s willingness to pay her off. That’s enough from her past.

    Timing may have be associated with the PSU mess. More likely associated with the USA Swimming investigation of another CUBU rich guy, Noah Rucker. He too seems to have an affection for young girls. He has been arrested and awaits trial for indecent liberties with a minor.

    Curl is old and rich and will crawl away, provided there aren’t anymore children he molested that comes forward. Rucker, if found guilty will go to prison.

  7. 90's Swimmer says:

    I swam for Pete in the late 90′s / early 00′s and he consistently proved himself to be a man of the highest moral conduct. I sincerely hope, and could not imagine, that the allegations made against him have any basis.

    I do not know Rick Curl, but it seems that an innocent man would not have paid someone that much money to keep quiet. I hope that the truth is found in this matter, and that all involved receive justice.

    I’ve seen Curl-Burke in the news a lot recently, with Katie Ledecky swimming in the Olympics, which I believe factored into the timing of this announcement. I also hope that this can be conducted without taking away from her spotlight.

  8. SwimMomJD says:

    This should be a wake-up call for all parents who trust their coaches implicitly. I’ve never heard any parent say “yeah, I can see my coach getting mixed up with that.” But it happens because kids are trusting and vulnerable, and parents want their kids to have fun and succeed. We parents stop it by being there at practices, meets, away trips; holding coaches accountable for their actions; and just generally being involved and proactive. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen, but it limits the opportunity. But definitely, don’t blame the victim, she was just a young girl (even when the case was settled) and probably pretty screwed up at the time. Usually these are markers, the tip of the iceberg so to speak. I’m just waiting for the rest of the story because I think it could get much uglier.

  9. Mike Ockizitchy says:

    To Very Concerned and hscoach,

    I think you (Very Concerned) need to not attack people by saying they’re rich and saying that if another minor comes out against rick, no. Just stop, you remind me of a person who needs everything their way, innocent until proven guilty is a thing and by saying it doesn’t matter because you seem to think a certain way, your basically saying that no one has rights just because YOU say so. Can we all just calm down and stop pointing fingers and let this all finalize and not make assumptions? Have a great day. :)

    P.S 90′s Swimmer i agree, i hope all of this doesn’t take the shine off of Kathleen and her accomplishments.

    Thanks

  10. Swim min says:

    The people that look the worst here are the girls parents. What kind of parents accept hush money if their daughter is raped. Really? So if this really happend what about all the other girls that were in danger all these years. How could these people sleep taking money and keeping their mouths shut. Shame on them.

  11. loveH20 says:

    These are just allegations! I know Rick; I swam for Rick and I believe that “Timing” had a lot to do with this. I pray that Rick gets a fair trial, I pray for both him and his family, and I wish people would not be so quick to judgment. Rick coached me for years never did I see him be anything more than a loving family man, who cared for his athletes and helped them reach their dreams. I never saw him touch a swimmer or do anything remotely dishonest or inappropriate EVER!
    Sorry, but maybe Kelly needs to check herself back into a mental hospital as she did after she failed to make the Olympic team back in 88′. Interesting how the press just skips right over this in the story. I would like to REALY know why she was in that mental ward. I am not so sure I believe this story about her having an eating disorder and nothing else wrong with her. If we are going to dig into Rick’s life she better be ready to have her life blown up as well.

  12. Flygirl says:

    The parents basically sold their daughter for their own profit with no regard for any other young woman that may have been harmed. Because of this family’s actions, I do not believe their story and think they are looking to make $$ from this story.

  13. Bob says:

    Nice that Curl attended a special sexual conduct meeing back in fall of 2010:
    http://www.pvswim.org/ccm/10-05-ccm-minutes.htm

  14. swimdad says:

    loveH20 are you kidding me!? Hscoach is absolutely correct, this was the worst kept secret in loveH20 are you kidding me!? Hscoach is absolutely correct, this was the worst kept secret in PVS. I was a kid swimming for Rick Curl back in the ’80s and I knew about it. Get real. It is a sad day for USA and CUBU swimming. It pains me to say this but Pete Morgan MUST step down. He knew about this but just like in the Sandusky case, he was clouded by the “aura” of “The Rick Curl”. He let himself believe that Rick was more important than the safety and well-being of what was then a child. It is disgraceful.
    Rick is a sexual predator. They come in all shapes and sizes….unfortunately. Predators are methodical, very patience, devious, intelligent, pathological people that prey on our vulnerable youth. This unfortunate event MUST be treated VERY seriously and there MUST be consequences. Rick needs to spend time in jail, Pete Morgan needs to step down and CUBU, at a minimum, needs to change its name.

  15. davidschwimmer says:

    loveh20, these are not just allegations. read the settlement that he signed. it describes the horrible things he did on just a few of the occasions.

    Regardless of how great a coach he was, he did horrible things over several years to a 13 year old! He signed the paper admitting it. Dont be blind.

  16. Very Concerned says:

    “Innocent until proven guilty” and “fair trial” and “assumptions” all infer that Rick Curl has been charged with a crime and is awaiting due process. At this time, he has not been charged with a crime YET. As for innocence, only he, God and his accuser(s) know for sure what has transpired. I guess 20 some years ago he was just compelled to GIVE a 19 year old swimmer and her family $150,000 (worth about $270,000 in today’s economy) because he is a nice and upstanding guy? Not REAL COMMON. If he is completely innocent of any wrong doing, paid for or not, he’ll contest this current situation and the release of NDA protected information in a court of law and once and for all clear his good name. My opinion is a snowball has a better chance in Hell. If he pursues recourse, who knows what will be unearthed. Interestingly, the one CUBU former owner (Curl Burke-West) who HAS been charged with a crime and awaits due process is Noah Rucker. We’ll see what kind of juicy allegations surface here. USA Swimming and PVS should be fairly busy over the next few weeks and months sorting this entire mess out.

  17. Observation says:

    I would not be surprised if more stories like this one come into the limelight.

  18. Swimflyfast says:

    I wonder why pools let any teem run practices with minors with only one coach on the deck.
    When I swam we had a number of coaches on the deck each time.
    Time to do that Curl Burke.

  19. hscoach says:

    Noah Rucker, the Curl Burke coach that was being investigated was supposed to have his emergency hearing today by USA swimming. Any news on the outcome?

    Also, channel 9 is reporting Curl Burke coach Rick Curl is being investigated by Montgomery county police, a criminal investigation.

  20. Message says:

    Everyone here and elsewhere should know better than believe every mass media, internet or every accuser’s story. Many children and teens have falsely accused adults of sex crimes and later confessed they lied. Then some of them were arrested. Give people who are accused the benefit of the doubt just as all of you would want if it happened to you and fasle accusations can happen to anyone. A nondisclosure is commonly used for many disputes and is never considered an admission of guilt. No physical evidence in this case. Accuser has lied many times. Notice she never accepts blame to her self. There is no proof of any dating nor any sex he may have drove her to practice or babysat her. She says one second she wanted to marry him then the next to jail him. She probably wrote false crimes in her diary and left it where her parents could find it and blame him. If this happened she could have proved it getting a rape test done and instead she and her parents blame him for her not getting in any Olympics, the money was to replace money not made by getting in the Olympics. Coming forward 30 years later I think it is all extortion and Rick is to nice to go to war against her. He probably could retire or work in some other business. Why should he have to put up with nasty speculation? Remember someone is now accusing John Travolta and Michael Jackson also signed a similar agreement and paid when a boys father tried to falsely accuse him of same crimes. It is cheaper to pay and paying gets rid of most criminal cases. The boy confessed after Michael died his father forced him to lie and the father committed suicide one week after Michael’s death but the media accused Michael of similar abuse and it ruined his career. Don’t assume all accusers are poor innocent victims no matter what their age and she was close to 30 when that nondisclosure was signed. Girls who roomed with the accuser and swam with her said they never saw anything, so stop condemning and accusing him. She just wants fame, money and next will try a book or movie deal. I think she is a complete scam and she should be punished for persecuting him and making false charges against him. If she really had a relationship and feelings for him she wouldn’t be doing all this. She went to his pool to swim, she could have swam somewhere else. She blames attys, coaches, everyone but herself. Where is the proof of any sex went on or that he even touched her or kissed her? She ran to the media and an atty for herself, if this happened and was unwanted that why not go immediately to the police? She makes a huge stink but laughs and giggles because the stupid media like this site report this to make her look like the victim and make Rick look bad. One person was right – what else is in the accuser’s background and why is she discussing sex in the public in front of the whole world? She is a disgrace, an embarrassment to swimming, to curl to the USA. She notice this reported this when the Olympics is on for extra fame and waited until Rick was close to retirement age just like John Travolta and other accused people were charged close to their retirement age. So try to not assume a person complaining is write. Remember the lady who accused the Duke University Lacross mens team of rape, later it was found she LIED. Be leary when the accuser demands money and the person charged is rich. Saying no works, so does yelling,biting, learning self defense, kicking, not going places alone and wat parents always let a 13 year old alone especially on overnight trips? Wait for the whole story to come out but don’t be so quick to feel sorry for the accused. If this happened that makes her a prositute and her parents both pimps.

  21. Reply to hscoach says:

    You don’t give your name and you are lying. You know nothing. Every person is to be considered innocent until proven guilty. If this was true it would have come out 30 years ago. She and hyer parents lied and claimed abuse to retaliate over him refusing to have any thing to do with her. Why did she write anything in her diary negative about him if she wanted it not to end? She and her parents want money. She has lied and she and her parents shown to disobey the rules and have no morals. Stop lying and stop demonizing him. If you had real evidence you would not be anonymous here and you would have given it 30 years ago.The media lies all the time. People lie to sue to police and the media in order to get some criminal or civil charge against someone. Anyone who doesnt report a crime the same day it happens to police in person should not even be considered and if it is any jury and judge should dismiss it. Most prosecutors wont consider any criminal charge not reported to police the same day.

  22. swimdude13542 says:

    To swimdad:

    1) The fact that you ‘knew’ this was going on says a lot about your character (i.e. you have none), because if you did know (which I dont believe you did) you should have said something. Youre a father yourself now, as your username indicates, and it sickens me that in knowing something like this you found it appropriate to procreate with another. Grow a pair…too late I suppose.

    2) Half of your post is about the ‘methodical’ and behavioral nature of ‘predators’ (I assume you mean sexual predators, but wouldnt be surprised if you were discussing the aged jungle-foe of the Governator), which again (in a very eerie way) speaks to the nature of your character. Moreover, other than this highly afflicted and emotionally and mentally unstable woman’s cursory accusations against Pete Morgan, you fail to provide us with any substantial piece of evidence that would actually incriminate him. Speak for yourself in discussing the ‘aura’ of ‘The Rick Curl’ and dont assume that everyone is as impressionable and as foolish as you are. People (aka Rick) do seriously messed up things, and those things can go unnoticed, especially to those closest and most trusting of the perpetrator. I dont think Rick is innocent in any regard, but next time think before you speak and do not cast burdensome accusations around like peanut shells in Logans Roadhouse. If Pete said he didnt know, then he didnt know, and its not up to a gutless anonymus blogger to tarnish his name or attempt to ruin his reputation. Go play catch with your kids, and stop enabling an already terrible situation.

  23. You wont put your real name because you are lying. No one say becuae there was nothing. She made it all up. NDA is not admission of guilt. Read it . It says not admission of guilt. Maybe he paid her to get rid of her and her parents out of his life. Leave him alone. He has been punished and suffered enough. Jealous and revengeful and bitter people spread rumors. Why did she not leave him and have a police report done as a teen and a sex exam as proof of unwanted sex and how is it unwanted when she went to his home or if he went to hers? 30 years ago is not news but history. Why aren’t all you critics screaming at Bill Clinton being a child molester? Or Elvis Presley? Or John Kennedy? Ted Kennedy? Gary Condit? Thousands of US politicians have sex daily with under age teens and the public and press know and it is rarely published and they are rarely punished nor if they are never do they get the condemnation that Curl has gotten. Leave him alone. He has suffered enough. Do all of you want to support him with millions of dollars to keep him and coaches locked up? They should be out working paying taxes. If sex occured they can go to treatment. Jails shoud be only for murders. USA is broke and can’t afford millions of people locked up. Do you all know if you get arrested you go to jail for a day or maybe longer until trial and maybe during trial. If you have an overdue parking ticket or forget your driver license and police stop you, you can go to jail. No crime victim should be paid paid nor be allowed to go on tv. Why aren’t alleged victims of sex crimes saying no then leaving the adult? Because most consent no matter what their age. And many people and many countries Girls in early teens marry men 20 or more years older then them. Rick Curl is being abused by girl, her parents and her atty for his money and because he isn’t willing to fight back as he should. He & his attys should criminally sue her to repay NDA and criminally charge her, her parents/atty. I hope Curl and his legal team reads this and does exactly that.

  24. Jean says:

    WOW, I swam with Kelly during the years of these allegations. We were not a big group. When these allegations came out I could not believe it. Kelly had problems, anorexia for sure and she definitely had a crush on Rick Curl our amazing coach. I have a really hard time believing the entire thing. When I heard about it I heard it was in her diary and she did want it to come out, perhaps because they were her fantasies. We were never alone with Rick and especially on trips. We met with him with people around always. Unless she had some special treatment and I don’t think she did. It was a hardcore group of swimmers. Rick didn’t mess around. I contacting him. I remember when this shit came out and I remade the logo for him as it had to change from Curl Swim Club to Curl-Burke Swim Club so he could keep afloat. I am maddened he had retired and that now suddenly Kelly wants to talk about something. What does she need money? Does she want to write another fictitious diary for publication now. Geez she is my age. She had a crush on her coach. I had a crush on a coach before but not Rick, a different one and of course I told my gfs about it but nothing every happened not did I ever claim it too. i didn’t put my last name down but Kelly, seriously, get a fucking life. It’s the past, why do you want to ruin someones life who cared for you and trained you and worked for you like a dog. You had to be the center of attention then with your anorexia and well I dunno, now you need some more attention. Say they hooked up after she was 16 then isn’t that legal. I know people that marry that are 15,20 plus years apart. That could be I suppose. I remember her at 13. Believe me, she was so tiny and so naive she didn’t know what sex was, none of us did. We were all naive because all we did was swim before school after school for HOURS from like 3:3–7 and say you got home at 7:30 did your homework a lil and crashed to get up at 4 Am to go swing an hour and a half or more before school and on the weekends we swam all mornings both Sat and Sun for at least 4-5 hour workouts. The meets we went too were long and the coaches, YES RICK was on deck the entire time. Never saw him sneak away with kelly. Don’t you think one of us in that group would have noticed something. I heard she claimed he called her to his room at an away meet and they did something sexual as a rumor….that is crazy to me. First of all we roomed with groups and if someone got pulled away to Ricks room that room mate would be speaking up for Kelly. Are any of us? NO. IT’s bullshit! That poor man already had to pay a lot with money and his reputation for things he didn’t do and I worked for him before since then and he is a really really fine man. This really pisses me off. I wish I knew about it sooner. For all I know i going to find out he is in jail. If I do I will be on fire. Anyone know? THIS IS AWFUL! GEEZ!

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