Archive for February, 2013

San Diego Union Tribune Joins the Journalism Hall of Shame of Swimming Scandal Coverage

Published February 27th, 2013, Uncategorized

Here’s what the major newspaper in San Diego pulled off the wire services on con man youth swim coach James Pantera: “• A San Diego swim coach alleged to have multiple identities and a felony conviction called his accuser a ‘bully’ with a checkered past. James Pantera issued a statement one day after a complaint was […]

Further From the Maryland Health Department in Response to Our Coverage of Late, Incomplete, Inaccurate Incident Report on Baltimore Swimmer’s Death

Published February 27th, 2013, Uncategorized

Karen Black, spokesperson for Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene Joshua Sharfstein and environmental health bureau director Clifford Mitchell: “Unfortunately, some unexpected pressing public health issues are consuming [Dr. Mitchell’s] time this week. I expect he will touch base with you next week.”

Further On the Con Man Swim Coach in San Diego — From a Parent on the Ground There

Published February 27th, 2013, Uncategorized

Readers with additional tips are invited to send them to tips@muchnick.net.   I have kids who swim for San Diego-Imperial LSC [local swimming committee] and on James Pantera’s Serra High School team. I contacted the school. I’m upset because this man officiated at the Junior Olympics meet this past weekend. If this info was known, […]

San Diego School District: Con Man Swim Coach James Pantera ‘Will Not Be Hired’

Published February 26th, 2013, Uncategorized

San Diego Unified School District spokesman Jack Brandais just provided this new statement: “Mr. Pantera has not met the requirements under the Education Code for employment by our district. He will not be hired, nor will he be allowed to volunteer his time.” That comes as a relief to anyone who feared that this gazebo […]

Better Late Than Never: Swimming World Magazine Acknowledges Story of Con Man Coach in San Diego

Published February 26th, 2013, Uncategorized

http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/lane9/news/USA/33570.asp?q=Former-USA-Swimming-VP-Files-Complaint,-Background-of-Coach-Questioned Meanwhile swimswam.com, which has done better than most captive aquatics industry sites on sexual abuse stories, still doesn’t seem to have found its sea legs on Mike Saltzstein’s exposure of the Incredible Mr. Pantera.   Irv Muchnick tips@muchnick.net