MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Maryland, October 25. THE Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Detectives released information today that Curl-Burke Swim Club Co-Founder Rick Curl has turned himself in to detectives to face one count of child abuse.
This arrest stems from allegations by Kelley Currin (Davies) that the two had engaged in an ongoing sexual relationship beginning with acts of inappropriate touching when the victim was 13. Montgomery County further contends that Curl and the alleged victim had an inappropriate sexual relationship from the time she was 15 until she was 18.
An arrest warrant was issued for Curl on Oct. 23, and arrangements were made by Curl's lawyer to turn himself in this morning. He has since been arrested and is currently being processed.
The Montgomery County press release states that its investigation was initiated with information “in July of 2012, Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Detectives received information about past possible sexual abuse by Richard Jay Curl…”
USA Swimming spokesperson Jamie Olsen has since confirmed to Swimming World that this initial police report was filed by USA Swimming Safe Sport Director Susan Woessner on July 24 via a phone call. Woessner also followed up that phone report with an email. Olsen also stated that USA Swimming would have no further comment on Curl, as its process is complete.
The Washington Post further detailed some of the allegations when it broke the story in July that not only was there an inappropriate relationship between Curl and the alleged victim, but that Curl also entered into a non-disclosure agreement with the victim's family to pay her $150,000 throughout 11 years to cover up the allegations.
The alleged victim's lawyer Robert Allard released the following statement, immediately pivoting to an attack on USA Swimming:
“Ms. Currin is pleased that justice is going to be carried out against Mr. Curl but there remains unfinished business. We hope that a similar fate is in store for those at USA Swimming who covered up for him over a period of literally decades. The current Vice President of USA Swimming has admitted in writing that knowledge about Mr. Curl “banging” his swimmers has gone back to as early as the late 1980's. An untold number of childhood sexual abuse has occurred due to the callous inaction of those who knew about Mr. Curl's sexual predilections and did absolutely nothing about it. We urge the authorities, as they did with Penn State, to now look into possible criminal conduct that has occurred within USA Swimming.”