Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors accuses coach Sean Hutchison of sexual abuse

Ariana Kukors of the U.S. swims in her women's 200m individual medley semi-final during the London 2012 Olympic Games

Abuse claims: Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors.

The governing body said it first learned of the allegations of sexual abuse while Kukors was a minor for the first time when she went public this week.

"I never thought I would share my story because I was able to leave a disgusting monster and build a life I could have never imagined for myself", Kukors said in a statement.

"I'd never been physical with anyone before but I now found myself alone with him, engaging in sexual acts and trying to hide my embarrassment when he sat in the women's locker room and watched me shower".

"But in time, I've realized that stories like my own are too important to go unwritten".

Kukors, now 28, wrote the essay for "the sake of the little girls and boys whose lives and futures hang in the grasp of a horribly powerful and manipulative person", and that "the time for change is now". That they may not have to go through the same pain, trauma, horror, and abuse.

Last Friday, Kukors penned a letter detailing accusations of sexual misconduct at the hands of Hutchison, abuse that the former swimmer says ran over the course of a decade, beginning at around the time she was 13 years old. After practice one day when she was 15, he asked about her underwear and started kissing and touching her, Kukors writes.

A Seattle-based Olympian who is speaking publicly for the first time since accusing her swim coach of sexual abuse says he took responsibility for her success that saw her swim her way to the top. Kukors said, "Well, that shut me up real quick".

He added: "I deeply regret that she would make these wild allegations all these years later". She worked the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials as a co-host of "Deck Pass", a live TV show created by USA Swimming to cover qualification races for the Rio Games.

Hutchison was an assistant coach on the 2008 U.S. Olympic swim team in Beijing, and head coach of 2009 U.S. team at the world championships.

Hutchison left the FAST program under a swirl of rumors in late 2010.

DHS said the investigation is in the preliminary stage.

Kukors wrote that when she reached "the pinnacle of my sport" by qualifying for the 2012 Olympic team, she was "petrified of the way Sean would react, as his jealously and control over me had reached a new level of unbearable". The former world champion swimmer said Hutchison started sexually abusing her when she was just 16. "Accordingly, the Committee is seeking information from USA Swimming because of the role it plays in overseeing swimming and protecting all of its athletes".

Kukors continued that, while she has "an fantastic life and incredible support system", she told the hosts of the morning show that she hadn't "fully faced what had happened" to her.

According to court papers, Homeland Security launched an investigation on January 30 following a report from Kukors.

When we spoke to him on Saturday, Schubert denied that he was the reporting coach that prompted USA Swimming's 2010 investigation nor that USA Swimming ever asked him to drop the matter.

Kukors said she was 13 when Hutchison became her coach at King Aquatic Center in Seattle, Washington. Hutchison was coaching elite swimmers in the Seattle area at the time. That $625,000 payout was ostensibly a resolution of Schubert's contract as USA Swimming's national team director.

"He once put a paper ring on my ring finger that read, 'My lovely Ari, ' and told me he wanted to spend his life with me".

"He took hundreds or thousands of sexually explicit photographs of her", the Homeland Security agent said, recalling Kukors' statements to investigators. The spokesperson said that investigation was closed after Kukors and her younger sister denied the claim.

His swimming club, the King Aquatic Club in Washington state, said in a statement that the news "broke our collective hearts". Asking about things not only from your swimming career, but what's life like with your family? "We stand by her, and all other victims, in their quest to break their silence and confront their horrific experiences". She contacted Des Moines police and Homeland Security Investigations, which led to Tuesday's search of Hutchison's apartment.

Kukors' attorney in California, Robert Allard, compared his client's case to the one against Nassar.

"That was the year the relationship turned sexual".

Mendoza, a former sex crimes prosecutor, argued that "any suspicion of an inappropriate sexual relationship" should be immediately reported to police.

USA Swimming revealed in 2010 that sex-abuse allegations were mostly to blame for lifetime bans of 46 members and said it set up training and enhanced screening for coaches, officials and volunteers. The swim club did not return CNN's message requesting comment. He was not jailed following Tuesday's search of his home.

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