Homeland Security agents search home of Olympic swim coach accused of abusing minor
Department of Homeland Security task force investigators searched the Seattle home of a former U.S. Olympic Team swimming coach Tuesday following allegations that he sexually abused and took inappropriate pictures of a former Olympic swimmer when she was 17 years old, according to a report published late Wednesday. Washington state police and DHS officers served a search warrant to Sean Hutchinson, 46, who resigned from his coaching position in 2010 over speculation he was sexually involved with a swimmer.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported officers taking electronic devices from Hutchinson’s house that may contain evidence of the digital allegations. Police and federal law enforcement opened an investigation Jan.
30 after swimmer Ariana Kukors, now 28 years old, alleged her coach starting grooming her for his inappropriate advances when she was 13 and began abusing her when she was 16. “I never thought I would share my story because, in so many ways, just surviving was enough,” Kukors said in a statement. “I was able to leave a horrible monster and build a life I could have never imagined for myself.
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.” Kukors placed fifth in the 200-meter individual medley during the 2012 Olympics.
Law enforcement in Des Moines, Wash., is also considering whether any of these alleged illegal actions took place recently enough that they could be prosecuted or are blocked under the statute of limitations.
Hutchinson has insisted he resigned from his Olympic coaching position in 2010 because he wanted to start his own professional swim coaching business.
He is listed as the CEO of King Aquatics.