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Missouri lawyers to discuss sex abuse in youth swimming

KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) - Attorneys are having a news conference Monday in Kansas City to discuss claims that the governing body of U.S. competitive swimming hasn't done enough to protect swimmers from sexual abuse.

A lawsuit has been filed in Santa Clara County, Calif., alleging that an inadequate background check policy has encouraged sexual molestation in youth swimming.

The complaint further alleges that more than 30 coaches nationwide have engaged in sexual misconduct with young girls. It also says there is a culture in competitive swimming of condoning inappropriate relationships between coaches and swimmers.

At Monday's news conference, the attorneys plan to release e-mails about a possible case of abuse in the Kanas City area.

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