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This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. July 31.
An emergency meeting will be staged Wednesday before a three-person panel of USA Swimming’s National Board of Review to investigate allegations of “sexual misconduct” against Rick Curl, founder of one of the largest swim clubs in the country.
The panel will use the hearing to determine if the Curl-Burke Swim Club founder “should be suspended pending the outcome of a full hearing before the National Board of Review,” according to the organization’s 2012 rulebook, to which a USA Swimming spokesperson directed The Gazette. USA Swimming acts as the governing organization of the nation’s swim clubs.
The hearing is confidential and will be conducted by telephone, said Bernard “Buddy” Pylitt, the board’s vice chairman.
Kelley Currin, a former club swimmer coached by Curl, has accused him of engaging in sexual relations with her during a four-year period in the 1980s starting when she was 13 and he was 33, according to the Washington Post.
Currin, whose maiden name is Davies, also told the Post Curl paid her family $150,000 to keep quiet about the affair.
Curl has decided to take a leave of absence, according to a statement on the club’s website.
The National Board of Review will have 21 days after the hearing to publish results, according to the same rulebook.
A Friday statement from USA Swimming said the hearing was scheduled for Monday.