Olympic Swimmer Sues USA Swimming Over Sexual Abuse
Ariana Kukors Smith alleges that the organization not only knew about her abuse by coach Sean Hutchison, but covered it up — even manipulating a background check system in Hutchison’s favor. She says that he began molesting her when she was 16, and that former national team coach Mark Schubert witnessed inappropriate touching and never reported it. Hutchison has denied the allegations, which USA Swimming investigated without result in 2010. The organization has responded that it respects Kukors Smith for coming forward and will cooperate with her legal team.