by Irvin Muchnick
A Garda (Irish police) detective superintendent has been appointed by the assistant commissioner “to engage in a fact-finding mission in relation to the former Irish Olympic swimming coach George Gibney,” the Irish Times reported today.
The fresh Gibney criminal investigation is launched just weeks before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is expected to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request by Concussion Inc. that would shed light on how the disgraced Gibney, who escaped prosecution on more than a dozen counts of sexual abuse on technicalities, acquired an American visa and green card. He has lived here for the past 20 years – including a stint coaching USA Swimming’s North Jeffco Swim Team in suburban Denver – and now resides in Florida.
On March 19, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services official Deon T. Austin told me our records request, filed in February, “is currently awaiting Final Review” and a response will come “in approximately 30 days.”
Irish legislator Maureen O’Sullivan is quoted in the Irish Times as citing “a litany of mistakes” in the government’s original handling of the Gibney case.”
Also expected shortly in the U.S. is a general Government Accountability Office report on federal law and amateur sports sexual abuse.
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