Former U.S. Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors has come forward to accuse her longtime coach of sexual abuse.
RadarOnline.com can report the world-record holding athlete claimed Sean Hutchison “groomed” her for sexual abuse after he began coaching her at age 13, only to start sexually abusing her at age 16, and taking naked photos of her at age 17.
“I never thought I would share my story because, in so many ways, just surviving was enough,' Kukors, 28, told reporters. “But in time, I've realized that stories like my own are too important to go unwritten.”
Recounting the alleged incidents, Kukors claimed that the abuse happened during swim trips as well as at Seattle-area pools.
The retired Olympian claimed she is speaking out now because “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.”
According to a report, investigators began searching Hutchison’s Seattle home after learning of Kukors’ recent claims. She said that she previously alerted police of the abuse, but Hutchinson denied the claims, saying “there is no truth to that.”
He is currently the CEO of King Aquatics.
Homeland Security task force investigators and Washington police served a search warrant at the 46-year-old's apartment just this Tuesday, February 6. There, they recovered various electronic devices that the believe could contain evidence of the alleged sexual abuse towards Kukors.
As Radar readers know, Kukors’s sex assault claims come after various U.S. Gymnastics Olympians came forward to accuse former Dr. Larry Nassar of horrendous crimes.
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