Michael Henry, U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Legal Con Man, Becomes ‘Judicial Integrity Officer’ of the Federal Courts

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by Irvin Muchnick

Michael Henry, who held various nebulous positions at the U.S. Olympic Committee’s nascent and corrupt U.S. Center for SafeSport, and left the organization as its highest-paid employee, has been named head of the federal courts’ Office of Judicial Integrity, Bloomberg Law reported.

At https://aboutblaw.com/Vlj, Bloomberg reproduced the memo announcing Henry’s appointment by James C. Duff, the director of the Office of the United States Courts. Duff himself has retired effective today, and Chief Justice John Roberts named as Duff’s successor Roslyn Mauskopf, who had been chief judge of the Eastern District of New York.

Concussion Inc. is reaching out to Judge Mauskopf for comment on this story. Henry himself never responded to our reporting during his nearly three years at the safe sport center.

The federal court system created the position of “judicial integrity officer” in 2018 following the retirement, in the face of sexual misconduct allegations, of Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

At the U.S. Center for SafeSport, Henry called himself its chief legal officer. According to his profile at LinkedIn, his formal titles were “director, investigations & outcomes” and then “chief officer for response & resolution.” Whistleblower employees inside the Colorado-based group say Henry was fired last September but, along with the current general counsel, Heather O’Brien, retains great influence in the processing of a backlog of complaints of sexual abuse and harassment by coaches and others at the Olympic Committee’s national sport governing bodies.

The center’s 2019 nonprofit filing with the Internal Revenue Service shows that Henry received a salary of $148,938 that year and additional “bonus & incentive compensation” of $69,985.

The same disclosure form, which we have uploaded to http://muchnick.net/safesport2019IRSreturn, lists $180,000 in payments to the Virginia company of Dan Hill, a public relations consultant who has claimed he works pro bono. 

In 2018 I reported that Henry joined a SafeSport investigator, Kathleen Smith, in tricking Sarah Ehekircher — a sexual abuse survivor who now has a lawsuit against USA Swimming and the coach who abused her, Scott MacFarland — into a meeting at the Zonies law firm in Denver, where Ehekircher was aggressively cross-examined and recorded on audiotape without her own lawyer present. Last October The Athletic broke the story of a major security breach of the center’s confidential files.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Henry spent the four months between his employment at SafeSport and becoming the nation’s courts’ sexual misconduct watchdog as a partner of TNG, a Pennsylvania-based “risk mitigation” consultant.

Below are comprehensive links to our past relevant coverage.

“U.S. Center for SafeSport Cons Sarah Ehekircher Into Meeting With Its Top Lawyer — Uses Other Despicable Tactics Straight Out of the Old USA Swimming Revictimization Playbook,” May 29, 2018, https://concussioninc.net/?p=12960

“U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Sandbagging of Abuse Complainant Sarah Ehekircher by Legal Affairs Director Michael Henry Should Blow Up This New Agency Without Further Ado,” May 31, 2018, https://concussioninc.net/?p=12970

“Turns Out That Sarah Ehekircher Squared Off Against Not One But Two ‘Non-Practicing Lawyers’ — Her U.S. Center for SafeSport ‘Investigator’ As Well As the ‘Director of Legal Affairs’,” June 3, 2018, https://concussioninc.net/?p=12979

“Sleazy Emails From U.S. Center for SafeSport Expose Con of Sarah Ehekircher Before Meeting With Senior Investigator Kathleen Smith and Director of Legal Affairs Michael Henry,” June 4, 2018, https://concussioninc.net/?p=12984

“U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Con Man Legal Affairs Director, Michael Henry, Has a New Title — ‘Director, Investigations & Outcomes,” July 19, 2018, https://concussioninc.net/?p=13064

“U.S. Center for SafeSport’s PR Person Is a Con Man, Too — Fabricates Conversation ‘On Speaker Phone’ With Concussion Inc.,” August 5, 2018, https://concussioninc.net/?p=13122

“Cyberhack Disaster at U.S. Center for SafeSport Further Exposes the Group’s Overall Unprofessionalism and Diversionary Agenda,” December 16, 2020, https://concussioninc.net/?p=14701

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