Rick Curl’s counsel releases statement: ‘Curl is a good man’ -- Gazette.Net


This story was updated at 4:55 p.m., Oct. 26, 2012

As former Olympic swim coach Rick Curl faces a charge of child abuse from Montgomery County Police, his counsel released a statement to The Gazette Thursday saying Curl is “a good man” and has the support of swimmers and their families.

“When the allegations were made public, many of the swimmers and their families reached out to us to offer their support and to reiterate that Rick was an excellent coach, a good person, and a man that provided them and their children with strong moral leadership,” said attornies Thomas J. Kelly, Jr. and Bruce L. Marcus in the statement.

“We look forward to having Mr. Curl’s positions made clear in the coming weeks,” the statement read.

Kelly said they had received “numerous phone calls” from people offering their support.

Curl was being held at the Montgomery County Division of Corrections but was released Thursday afternoon after posting a $50,000 bond, according to Officer Britta Thomas, a county police spokeswoman. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Nov. 16 in Montgomery County District Court.

Curl turned himself in to Montgomery County Police this morning on a charge of child abuse after an arrest warrant was issued Tuesday, a statement from police said.

Montgomery police opened an official investigation of Curl in August after Kelley Currin told The Washington Post that Curl, her former swim coach, had sexual relations with her during a four-year period in the 1980s, beginning when she was 13 and he was 33.

Following the allegations, Curl resigned as president of the Curl Burke swim club he founded and accepted a lifetime ban from USA Swimming.

A statement released today by police said their investigation revealed that the sexual abuse began with acts of inappropriate touching when Currin was 13. From age 15 through 18, the sexual abuse progressed to an inappropriate sexual relationship, the police statement said.

The alleged abuse took place in various locations in Montgomery County, including Curl’s former residences in Rockville and Darnestown and the swimming facilities at the Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, the statement said. Curl now lives in Vienna, Va.

Kelly made arrangements for Curl to turn himself in to detectives this morning, which he did at approximately 8:30 a.m.

Currin’s attorney Robert Allard said Thursday that Currin plans to cooperative with prosecutors in the case against her former coach.

“She is fully committed to cooperating with authorities including testifying,” Allard said.