by Irvin Muchnick and Tim Joyce
Alex Pussieldi, the mysterious and purportedly retired coach who has undergone questionable investigations by USA Swimming following complaints of abuse, had been the legal guardian of the Mexican swimmer he was accused of physically assaulting in 2004 at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, according to new public records released today to Concussion Inc. by the Fort Lauderdale city attorney’s office.
One of several key documents in the new batch of documents is a Fort Lauderdale police report on February 19, 2004, which includes this passage:
“[REDACTED] stated Pussieldi was his legal guardian between 2000 and 2002 …”
The disputed facts of the physical altercation between Pussieldi and the swimmer formed the basis of dismissal of the latter’s criminal complaint. However, Pussieldi’s status as a former legal guardian would provide a fuller context for allegations of abuse that would be dealt with administratively by USA Swimming.
In the original reports of this series, we already noted that USA Swimming’s 2005 investigative report on Pussieldi mentioned the unrefuted allegation, both by the swimmer and by others, of the coach’s secret bathroom videotaping of the boy tenants at his house. To this, we can add that the USA Swimming investigation pages in our possession make no mention of the claim, or assertion, that Pussieldi had been the legal guardian of the alleged assault victim.
Follow here for more developments stemming from our analysis of the newly released Fort Lauderdale documents.
Complete links to Concussion Inc.’s Pussieldi investigation are at http://concussioninc.net/?p=8652.