Ariana Kukors details alleged sexual abuse by Sean Hutchison
By Scott Reid
World champion swimmer Ariana Kukors was at a Team USA training camp a month before the 2012 Olympic Games when she received an email from the man who had dominated the last decade of her life, her coach, boyfriend and the man who sexually abused her when she was a teenager, former U.S. national team coach Sean Hutchison.
The email reveals the frustration Hutchison, once a rising coaching star, felt in being left home, his concern about other men approaching Kukors and his desire to control her.
“i am here,” Hutchison wrote in the email. “it’s painful being here. remember that when you talk to me. you need to tell me what’s going on, yes. but, please be aware that i’m at a disadvantage every time we talk. if i’m quiet, assume the best. “
“That was my Olympic Dream,” Kukors wrote in 4,000-word statement she released Friday.
Kukors, a former world record-holder, this week went public for the first time with allegations that Hutchison sexually abused her as a teenager. Hutchison began grooming her for a sexual relationship when she was 13, sexually assaulted her at 16 and continued to have a sexual relationship with her until she was 24, Kukors said.
The Department of Homeland Security with assistance from the Des Moines (WA) police department conducted a search on Hutchison’s apartment just south of Seattle on Tuesday. Officers seized computers and cell phones, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
Law enforcement also conducted searches of warehouses in California and Florida.
Kukors details the abusive nature of her relationship with Hutchison in the piece she called “My Story.”
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