Former Olympic Swim Coach Arrested on Child Sex Abuse Charges

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) – Former U.S. Olympic swimming coach Rick Curl has been arrested following allegations he began sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl nearly 30 years ago.

Police say they began investigating Curl in July after a woman, now 43, told them he began sexually abusing her when she was 13. An investigation revealed the abuse began inappropriately touching before progressing into a sexual relationship for three years when the woman was between 15 and 18 years old.

Curl, who now lives in Vienna, Va., was the woman’s coach in Montgomery County from the time she was nine until she was 18.

Police say the abuse occurred in a number of locations, including swimming facilities at Georgetown Preparatory School and Curl’s former homes in Rockville and Darnestown.

USA Swimming has already banned Curl from the sport for life. The move came in September after Kelley Davies Currin announced she reached an agreement with Curl what would pay her $150,000 in exchange for not going to police with the sex abuse allegations.

An arrest warrant charging Curl with one count of child sex abuse was issued on Oct. 23. Curl turned himself into authorities in Montgomery County Thursday morning.

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