Hearing Scheduled for Ex-Swimming Coach Rick Curl in Montgomery County Circuit Court
Courtesy of The Washington Post, and reported on February 5, 2013, Rick Curl will plead guilty to child sexual abuse in Montgomery County Circuit Court on February 21, 2013. Curl’s former swimming student Kelly Currin has informed investigating detectives that in 1983, when she was 13, the abuse began, and it did not stop until she turned 18. She told investigators the abuse began with fondling and kissing and when she was 15, it began involving sexual intercourse. Curl, now age 63, was charged with child sexual abuse in October, 2012.
Last week, a memorandum about the agreement to plead guilty was filed in Rockville Circuit Court. No details about possible probation or incarceration are included in the memorandum. But under Maryland law Curl could be facing a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. Defense attorneys for Curl and state’s attorneys will be able to present their own recommendations at the Montgomery County Circuit Court hearing. There will also be an opportunity at that time for victim impact statements.
Curl was banned for life from USA Swimming after The Washington Post, made Currin’s allegations public. The swim club that bore his name has been renamed the Nation’s Capital Swim Club.
Rick Curl was a swimming coach in the southern Maryland, and Washington D.C. area for many years. His former athlete students include Olympic gold medalists and world record breaking performers.
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