Last week Concussion Inc. reported that USA Swimming safe sport director Susan Woessner was claiming that Florida swimming parents J.P. and Carolyn Côté never complained about Alex Pussieldi’s retaliation against them for reporting to local police and to Woessner that they saw Pussieldi inappropriately touching a young boy on the deck at a meet in Plantation in November 2012. At the same time, Woessner acknowledged receiving the couple’s information last year that Pussieldi’s lawyer sent them a threatening letter, and the family was stalked by a private investigator.)
Below, with the Côtés’ permission, is the full text of the email they sent to Woessner this morning.
We are still awaiting your response to our request for a copy of the warning letter that you say you sent to Alex Pussieldi.
Meanwhile, we remain in a state of dis-believe regarding the most recent correspondence we received from your office dated 9 May 2014. We cannot understand how there can be such a gross disconnect in the information presented to your office and what you are writing. Let us attempt to clarify/explain to you why you have the documents you refer to.
The documents are with your office because we sent them to you. We did that because your office mate Liz asked us to do so. Liz made the request because we contacted her regarding a retaliation complaint we had. We were retaliated against because of an earlier complaint we made regarding a coach inappropriately touching children. The initial complaint was never investigated because you can’t do your job. We pointed that out to you in this e-mail:
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2013 8:05 PM
To: Elizabeth Hoendervoogt
Subject: Re: USA Swimming
We wanted to respond to your message to let you to know how incredibly irate we are for a number of reasons. You state that safety is of paramount importance in USA swimming; all we hear is you giving us the politically correct thing to say, you are simply paying us lip service. We don’t care that our concerns are documented; again this only sounds like you’re brushing a very serious matter under a rug somewhere. It is known that this piece of shit man has engaged in inappropriate behavior/sexual misconduct for 1.5 decades already and he is still able to maintain his coach’s license and remains around children under the umbrella of USA swimming, are you kidding me??? Do you really think a warning letter to Mr. Pussieldi does anything to deter his illegal and despicable conduct of molesting the young boys that are entrusted to him during practices and meets. Actually if young boys are not speaking up, this further strengthens the confidence that Mr. Pussieldi has that he is above the law and untouchable. This sounds very much like a repeat of the Sandusky case at Penn State. You proudly state that our family’s names were not disclosed in the letter you sent to Mr. Pussieldi. We never requested that our names be withheld and we want you to know that we are not afraid of this sex offender, we fear nothing.
We take pride in knowing that we follow rules, regulations and policies and when they are broken by others we don’t stay silent like most people would. Our only motivation is to protect young swimmers from any and all predators. We are greatly disappointed that USA swimming has not stopped this predator.
Carolyn Cote & Jean-Pierre Côté
In closing, Pussieldi abuses children because he is a sick, perverted psychosexual deviant with violent tendencies. He retains his coaching credentials because you cannot take a stand for those who are not able to fight for themselves.
I hope this letter helps you understand why you received correspondence in March 2013 and also helps you “link” things together.
Carolyn Cote & Jean-Pierre Côté