Former world champion sues over alleged cover-up of sexual abuse by USA Swimming

  • Ariana Kukors Smith says she was abused by coach while a minor
  • USA Swimming says it did not find any evidence of misconduct

Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith is suing USA Swimming, alleging the governing body knew her former coach sexually abused her as a minor and covered it up.

Kukors Smith filed the lawsuit in Orange County, California. She alleges Sean Hutchison, who began coaching her at a swim club near Seattle, groomed her for sexual abuse when she was 13, started touching and kissing her when she was 16 and engaging in sexual activity with her when she was 17. Kukors Smith is also suing longtime Olympic coach Mark Schubert, saying he failed to report “a reasonable suspicion of child abuse or endangerment.”

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