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Rick Curl banned for life by USA Swimming over improper relationship

By Cindy Boren

Rick Curl, the former swimming coach who was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old swimmer in the 1980s, has been banned for life by USA Swimming.

Curl, 62, was to have a hearing today before the National Board of Review, but the Associated Press reports he waived his right to a challenge. The news comes a day after the club Curl founded, formerly Curl-Burke Swim Club, announced it will now operate under the name Nation’s Capital Swim Club. The club, which is no longer affiliated with Curl, is one of the largest in the country, with more than 2,000 members at 15 facilities.

This summer, Kelley Davies Currin told The Post she and Curl had had a sexual relationship that began when she

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was 13 years old and he was 33. In 1989, she and her family had agreed to a $150,000 settlement with Curl in exchange for not disclosing details of their four-year relationship. However, Currin, now 43, chose to speak publicly this summer.

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

Currin’s parents declined to comment to The Post, but Currin said her parents believed they had gotten bad legal advice and later regretted settling.

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

From the Washington post’s The Early Lead blog

Related Links:

1. USA Swimming releases timeline of Rick Curl investigation

2. Prominent local swim coach Rick Curl banned for life over improper relationship

3. USA Swimming denies cover-up with former coach

4. Rick Curl accepts provisional suspension from USA Swimming

5. USA Swimming to hold emergency hearing on coach Rick Curl

6. Rick Curl faces disciplinary hearing

Word count: 320   Last edited by Bryan Flaherty on September 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm


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