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Deena Deardurff Schmidt, whose 2010 interview was a centerpiece of the ABC 20/20 report in 2010 on widespread sexual abuse by coaches in USA Swimming, today demanded that the organization’s chief executive, Chuck Wielgus, account for why he has taken no action against Paul Bergen, the International Swimming Hall of Fame coach who molested her in her youth.

In an email sent this morning to Wielgus, the ex-Olympic gold medalist’s attorney, B. Robert Allard, outlines the background of the case and asks:

 

  • What if anything has USA Swimming done to:

o    Investigate Mr. Bergen,

o    remove Mr. Bergen’s name from the swim meet for underage kids,

o    remove Mr. Bergen from USA Swimming,

  • remove Mr. Bergen from the deck of the Tualatin Hills Swim Club, and/or
  • remove Mr. Bergen from the International Hall of Fame?

 

Deena Deardurff Schmidt’s 2008 public statement about her abuse, which names Bergen, is viewable at http://muchnick.net/deenadeardurffschmidt.pdf.

 

NEXT: Complete links to Concussion Inc.’s coverage of rapist International Swimming Hall of Fame coach Paul Bergen.

 

 

Irv Muchnick

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