The Latest: Ex-Olympic coach out as Seattle swim program CEO - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

The Latest: Ex-Olympic coach out as Seattle swim program CEO

SEATTLE (AP) - The Latest on sex abuse allegations against a former Olympic swim coach (all times local):

6 p.m.

An official with a Seattle-area swimming program says CEO Sean Hutchison has left the post amid sexual abuse allegations.

King Aquatic Club head coach Michael Brooks said in a statement Thursday afternoon that Hutchison "has had no direct interaction with our swimmers for a very long time."

U.S. Olympic champion swimmer Ariana Kukors has accused Hutchison of sexually abusing her starting when she was 16. Court documents say the now-28-year-old told authorities that he also took thousands of sexually explicit photographs of her when she was a minor and began grooming her for abuse when she started swimming with King Aquatics at age 13.

Hutchison denies abusing Kukors.

Hutchison left a Southern California program where he trained young women on the U.S. team in 2010 after speculation that he was sexually involved with a swimmer. He denied it.

___

4:15 p.m.

A former teammate of a U.S. Olympic swimmer who accused a coach of underage sexual abuse says she wasn't aware of any misconduct but that rumors were rampant that the two were in a relationship.

Olympic medalist Margaret Hoelzer says she heard that coach Sean Hutchison was dating swimmer Ariana Kukors when Kukors was 21.

She says she wishes she had "realized it could have started earlier and could have been abuse."

Kukors says Hutchison groomed her for sexual abuse when she was 13 and he was her coach at a Seattle-area swim club. She says it turned sexual when she was 16.

Hutchison denies abusing Kukors.

Hoelzer said Thursday that she never heard of Hutchison sexually abusing anyone but that he was emotionally and verbally abusive to her. She says Hutchison was partly why she retired in 2010.

___

1:25 p.m.

The U.S. governing body for swimming says it only recently learned of sexual abuse allegations against a former Olympic coach by world champion Ariana Kukors.

USA Swimming said in a statement Thursday that Kukors' public statement this week marked the first time it "learned of the allegations that Sean Hutchison sexually abused Ariana when she was a minor."

Hutchison has denied the allegations.

USA Swimming said it hired an independent private investigator in 2010 after learning of rumored relationship between Hutchison and Kukors, then 21. The organization said both denied a romantic or sexual relationship and the investigation was closed with no misconduct found.

USA Swimming said it sent that case file to the U.S. Center for SafeSport when notified in January of a case against Hutchison.

It says it stands by Kukors.

___

12:55 p.m.

A former Olympic swimming coach has denied what he called "wild" sexual misconduct allegations against him by world champion Ariana Kukors.

Sean Hutchison said in a statement Thursday through his attorney that at no time did he ever abuse Kukors or do anything with her that was not consensual.

Kukors accused him of sexually abusing her starting when she was 16. Court documents say she told authorities that he also took thousands of sexually explicit photographs of her when she was a minor and groomed her for abuse when she was 13.

Hutchison denied "having any sexual or romantic relationship with her before she was old enough to legally make those decisions for herself" and did nothing to groom her.

The allegations come as U.S. authorities and police searched Hutchison's Seattle apartment this week.

___

9:10 p.m.

Investigators have searched the Seattle home of a former U.S. Olympic Team swimming coach amid allegations that he sexually abused and took explicit photos of an underage athlete.

The SeattlePI reports investigators with a Homeland Security taskforce searched Sean Hutchison's Seattle apartment Tuesday, recovering electronic devices they say may contain evidence.

Ariana Kukors, a member of the 2012 Olympic team, said in a statement to the media outlet Wednesday that she went to police recently with claims that Hutchison used his position as her longtime coach to "groom her" for abuse.

Hutchison left a Southern California program where he trained young women on the U.S. team in 2010 after speculation that he was sexually involved with a swimmer. He denied it.

Hutchison didn't immediately respond to an email for comment Wednesday.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • National SportsMore>>

  • Shiffrin jokes about whether Vonn's Olympic career is over

    Shiffrin jokes about whether Vonn's Olympic career is over

    Friday, February 23 2018 3:06 PM EST2018-02-23 20:06:03 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:26 PM EST2018-02-23 20:26:14 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, talks to the media during a news conference at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, talks to the media during a news conference at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.
    When Vonn says these are her last Olympics, Shriffin has a good laugh.
    When Vonn says these are her last Olympics, Shriffin has a good laugh.
  • NBA setting up hotline to report misconduct, work concerns

    NBA setting up hotline to report misconduct, work concerns

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:24 PM EST2018-02-23 02:24:25 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:09 PM EST2018-02-23 20:09:13 GMT
    (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File). FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2015, file photo, Dallas Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban shouts in the direction of an official during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, in Dallas. The Mavericks have hired outside...(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File). FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2015, file photo, Dallas Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban shouts in the direction of an official during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, in Dallas. The Mavericks have hired outside...
    The NBA is establishing a confidential hotline for league and team employees to report concerns about misconduct in their workplace, following a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile environment for...
    The NBA is establishing a confidential hotline for league and team employees to report concerns about misconduct in their workplace, following a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile environment for women in the Dallas Mavericks organization.
  • APNewsBreak: Runner-on-2nd rule off for spring games

    APNewsBreak: Runner-on-2nd rule off for spring games

    Friday, February 23 2018 9:07 AM EST2018-02-23 14:07:32 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:09 PM EST2018-02-23 20:09:09 GMT
    Person familiar with negotiations to AP: Proposal collapses for runner on 2nd at start of 10th in spring games.
    Person familiar with negotiations to AP: Proposal collapses for runner on 2nd at start of 10th in spring games.
  • Strange NewsMore>>

  • French customs officials find stolen Degas in luggage on bus

    French customs officials find stolen Degas in luggage on bus

    Friday, February 23 2018 10:34 AM EST2018-02-23 15:34:46 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:19 PM EST2018-02-23 20:19:21 GMT
    French customs officers have found an impressionist painting by Edgar Degas stowed on a bus, more than eight years after it was reported stolen.
    French customs officers have found an impressionist painting by Edgar Degas stowed on a bus, more than eight years after it was reported stolen.
  • Oklahoma City receives rare lake effect snow from storm

    Oklahoma City receives rare lake effect snow from storm

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:24 PM EST2018-02-22 18:24:37 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 1:48 PM EST2018-02-23 18:48:35 GMT
    Oklahoma City, meet the Great Lakes. A weather event known as lake effect snow that's common in the upper Midwest and northeastern U.S., made a rare appearance at Oklahoma City's Lake Hefner on Wednesday.
    Oklahoma City, meet the Great Lakes. A weather event known as lake effect snow that's common in the upper Midwest and northeastern U.S., made a rare appearance at Oklahoma City's Lake Hefner on Wednesday.
  • APNewsBreak: NY touts economic boom with South African photo

    APNewsBreak: NY touts economic boom with South African photo

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 6:12 PM EST2018-02-20 23:12:34 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 1:48 PM EST2018-02-23 18:48:34 GMT
    (Empire State Development via AP). This screen shot from a report released on the website of New York state's economic development agency, Empire State Development, shows seven towering heavy-lift cranes to help illustrate the state's growth, but the A...(Empire State Development via AP). This screen shot from a report released on the website of New York state's economic development agency, Empire State Development, shows seven towering heavy-lift cranes to help illustrate the state's growth, but the A...
    APNewsBreak: New York economic development agency issues report illustrating state's booming growth with 8-year-old photo of construction cranes in South Africa.
    APNewsBreak: New York economic development agency issues report illustrating state's booming growth with 8-year-old photo of construction cranes in South Africa.
  • NationalMore>>

  • The Latest: Hawley expects 'thorough' House investigation

    The Latest: Hawley expects 'thorough' House investigation

    Friday, February 23 2018 8:59 AM EST2018-02-23 13:59:26 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:29 PM EST2018-02-23 20:29:52 GMT
    (St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP). A booking photo provided by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shows Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.  A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Greit...(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP). A booking photo provided by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shows Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Greit...
    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has canceled plans to attend an annual meeting of the nation's governors following his indictment stemming from an extramarital affair.
    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has canceled plans to attend an annual meeting of the nation's governors following his indictment stemming from an extramarital affair.
  • US asks judge to approve seizure of 'Pharma Bro' assets

    US asks judge to approve seizure of 'Pharma Bro' assets

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:14 AM EST2018-02-23 05:14:29 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:29 PM EST2018-02-23 20:29:50 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017 file photo, Martin Shkreli is interviewed by Maria Bartiromo during her "Mornings with Maria Bartiromo" program on the Fox Business Network, in New York. "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli is due bac...(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017 file photo, Martin Shkreli is interviewed by Maria Bartiromo during her "Mornings with Maria Bartiromo" program on the Fox Business Network, in New York. "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli is due bac...
    'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli is due back in court for a hearing about whether he should forfeit millions of dollars in assets including a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album as part of his conviction in a securities...
    'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli is due back in court for a hearing about whether he should forfeit millions of dollars in assets including a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album as part of his conviction in a securities fraud scheme.
  • More Republicans questioning if Greitens should stay

    More Republicans questioning if Greitens should stay

    Friday, February 23 2018 8:04 AM EST2018-02-23 13:04:51 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:29 PM EST2018-02-23 20:29:43 GMT
    (St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP). A booking photo provided by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shows Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.  A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Greit...(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP). A booking photo provided by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shows Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Greit...
    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is defiant, even amid calls for impeachment or resignation, after a St. Louis grand jury indicts him for felony invasion of privacy.
    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is defiant, even amid calls for impeachment or resignation, after a St. Louis grand jury indicts him for felony invasion of privacy.
  • 2018 Winter Olympics2018 Winter OlympicsMore>>

  • Ivanka Trump to push for 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

    Ivanka Trump to push for 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

    Friday, February 23 2018 6:24 AM EST2018-02-23 11:24:37 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:18 PM EST2018-02-23 20:18:18 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon. Pool). Flanked by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, left, Ivanka Trump, advisor to and daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks as she arrives at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Kor...(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon. Pool). Flanked by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, left, Ivanka Trump, advisor to and daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks as she arrives at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Kor...
    Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the American president, has landed in South Korea to attend the closing ceremony this weekend for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
    Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the American president, has landed in South Korea to attend the closing ceremony this weekend for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
  • 'Heartbroken' Kenworthy visits South Korean dog meat farm

    'Heartbroken' Kenworthy visits South Korean dog meat farm

    Friday, February 23 2018 3:05 AM EST2018-02-23 08:05:09 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:08 PM EST2018-02-23 20:08:54 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the S...(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the S...

    The Associated Press joined American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy on a tour of a Korean dog meat farm that's about to be shuttered by the Humane Society International.

    The Associated Press joined American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy on a tour of a Korean dog meat farm that's about to be shuttered by the Humane Society International.

  • 2nd Russian athlete tests positive for doping at Olympics

    2nd Russian athlete tests positive for doping at Olympics

    Friday, February 23 2018 5:34 AM EST2018-02-23 10:34:42 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:08 PM EST2018-02-23 20:08:46 GMT
    (AP Photo/Michael Sohn). Driver Nadezhda Sergeeva and Anastasia Kocherzhova of the Olympic Athletes of Russia take a curve in their third heat during the women's two-man bobsled final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, ...(AP Photo/Michael Sohn). Driver Nadezhda Sergeeva and Anastasia Kocherzhova of the Olympic Athletes of Russia take a curve in their third heat during the women's two-man bobsled final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, ...

    A second Russian athlete has failed a doping test at the Pyeongchang Games, a day before the International Olympic Committee's executive board is to decide whether to reinstate the country for Sunday's closing...

    A second Russian athlete has failed a doping test at the Pyeongchang Games, a day before the International Olympic Committee's executive board is to decide whether to reinstate the country for Sunday's closing ceremony.

Powered by Frankly