by Irvin Muchnick and Tim Joyce
Though the Fort Lauderdale police two days ago released to Concussion Inc. documents from the 2004 Special Victims Unit investigation of Alex Pussieldi, they do not include two verbatim statements referenced there, which formed the basis of Detective Jeff Jennings’ report.
The first statement is clearly that of the Mexican swimmer who both complained that Pussieldi physically assaulted him on the deck of the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, and explained the back story: Pussieldi’s clandestine videotaping of him in the bathroom when the Mexican was one of several foreign underage swimmers being housed by the coach. (The Mexican told the cops that Pussieldi had been his legal guardian.)
The second statement is Pussieldi’s own.
Yesterday Michele Hyzy, acting records supervisor for the Fort Lauderdale police, told us, “The Records Unit does not have statements taken by the Bureau. You will have to coordinate the request for the statements through Kim Rhodes who is the Public Records Coordinator.”
As this article was being posted, Rhodes had not responded to an email or a voicemail yesterday, or a second email today.
The importance of the precise contemporaneous accounts of the Mexican swimmer and Pussieldi becomes evident in a thorough review of everything in the lightly redacted Special Victims Unit file, which we published at http://muchnick.net/lauderdalespecialvictims.pdf. More on that next.