USA Swimming, Coaches Sued by Swimmer for Alleged Sexual Abuse

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The lawsuit says another defendant, Aaron Dean, who is named as Mirande's former immediate supervisor and is currently a registered USA Swimming coach working with Mirande at a Virginia swim club, "knew or should have known of Mirande's acts of inappropriate sexual conduct" and therefore "acted in consort, aided, abetted and/or encouraged" Mirande's violation of USA Swimming's Code of Conduct which prohibits sexual contact between coaches and athletes.

Dean said he had not been served with the lawsuit, but "adamantly" denied the charges as described to him by ABC News. "I am interested in learning more about the suit, who filed these erroneous claims and what they are seeking from me," he said in an e-mail message.

Also named as defendants are Missouri Valley Swimming, one of the country's 59 local swim committees, and the local swim club Kansas City Dolphins, for, among other allegations, failing "to provide an environment that is safe and free from inappropriate conduct from registered US Swimming coaches." The general manger of the Kansas City Dolphis, Robert Sturman, said he had not been served with the lawsuit and was unaware of its allegations.

Shortly after the ABC News report, USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus said he was "extremely sorry if our organization has not done enough to provide the highest level of child protections safeguards and guidelines."

Wielgus announced that the organization is working to establish an anonymous abuse reporting hotline for swimmers and is considering a 'Black List,' which would publish the names of USA Swimming coaches banned for sexual misconduct.

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