Curl-Burke Swim Club Founder Charged With Child Abuse

Richard Curl was in police custody Thursday.

Prominent swimming coach Richard Curl surrendered to police Thursday in a case in which a woman alleged she and Curl had a sexual relationship when she was a 13-year-old swimming student.

Curl, 63, was charged with child abuse. He is the founder of the Curl-Burke Swim Club in Damascus—a club known for training Olympic athletes.

Curl has been banned from USA Swimming and has stepped down as CEO of the club, which changed its name to the Nation's Capital Swim Club in the wake of the allegations.

In July, a former swim student, Kelley Currin, now 43, came forward in an article in The Washington Post alleging that a sexual relationship began between the two in 1983 at Georgetown Prepatory School, where the club leased the pool. Currin was 13 and Curl was 33 at the time.

Currin said she wanted to tell her story of the four-year relationship after having signed a non-disclosure statement in 1989 when her family first pursued the issue, The Post reported. Curl and Currin’s family reached an agreement under which the family would not pursue the case publicly, according to the report.

A warrant for Curl’s arrest was issued on Oct. 23, charging him with one count of child abuse stemming from his supervision of Currin as her swim coach, according to Montgomery County police. Curl surrendered to police Thursday.

Investigators said they believe sexual abuse began when Currin was 13 and continued for five years. Curl began coaching Currin when she was nine, police said.

Daryl Jackson October 26, 2012 at 01:09 PM
That's really messed up! Why messed with a child when there are plenty of grown women willingly giving it up to people their own age everyday!
Beth Churchya October 26, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Because they don't want adults!
Susan algeo October 27, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Shame on the parents for taking 150,000.00in hush money. Is that what the soul of a child goes for??? Why can't people ever do the right thing? This is about all children and I am sure there are other victims out there.
Wonder Woman November 07, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Giving it up? Listen man, sexual intercourse is a two-way street. Both parties give consent. A man like this isn't looking for sex. He's looking to take control and advantage of someone who is unable to fight back. It's much deeper than just sex. It's a psychological problem. He's likely suffering from hebephilia, a primary or exclusive sexual interest in pubescent individuals aged approximately 11–14 years.


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