A former world-record holding Olympic swimmer has claimed a Team USA coach sexually abused her and took naked photos over her when she was 17.
Sean Hutchison’s, former US swim coach, home is being searched by investigators from a Homeland Security taskforce amid allegations from Ariana Kukors, a member of the 2012 Olympic team, that he sexually abused and took explicit photos of her.
Kukors said the “grooming” started at age 13 when he became her coach at King Aquatics, a Seattle-area swim club. She claims the sexual abuse started when she was 16.
I never thought I would share my story because, in so many ways, just surviving was enough, Kukors said.
But in time, I’ve realized that stories like my own are too important to go unwritten.
Not for the sake of you knowing my story, but for the little girls and boys whose lives and future hangs in the grasp of a horribly powerful and manipulative person.
That they may not have to go through the same pain, trauma, horror, and abuse.
That their parents, mentors, and guardians are better able to spot the signs of grooming and realize its tragic consequences before it’s too late.
Hutchison has not responded to an email seeking comment Wednesday..