Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is assisting Concussion Inc.’s Freedom of Information Act request for the Department of Homeland Security records on the visa and green card of George Gibney – the Irish national swim team coach who left his native country in 1994, four years before a government commission report confirmed the dozens of allegations of his sex crimes against juveniles, and who is now, at age 63, living under an assumed name in Florida.
According to the FOIA status search engine at the website of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, our request is currently No. 127 on the queue.
Below is the full statement issued to us today by Commander Dave Pickett of the investigations bureau at the Wheat Ridge, Colorado, police department. The statement addresses many of the facts in our story yesterday. (Complete links to our Gibney series are at the far bottom of this post.)
The police statement validates our account. Many other questions remain, and we list some of them following the statement. The principal question concerns the roles of USA Swimming and the American Swimming Coaches Association in covering up Gibney’s history in Ireland and harboring him in this country.
On September 20th, 2000, the Wheat Ridge Police Department was notified that an alleged sex offender named George Gibney was living within our jurisdiction. Detective Lila Cohen investigated the situation. Detective Cohen contacted the reporting party (RP) who was the president of an accounting company that employed Gibney. Detective Cohen was told that:
* The RP had fired Gibney the day prior
* The RP had discovered concerning information regarding Gibney on the Internet
* Gibney had gone to Peru on behalf of a children’s eye clinic
* Gibney was on an advisory board for the Department of Youth Corrections
* Gibney may be a coach for the North Jeffco Swim Club
Detective Cohen notified the Arvada Police Department where the North Jeffco Swim Club is located. Sergeant Rzappa advised Detective Cohen that she had already received information concerning Gibney. Detective Cohen found that Gibney was on the advisory board of the Metropolitan State College Lab School at Lookout Mountain. Detective Cohen advised the person in charge of the Lab School regarding the allegations that Gibney was a sex offender. She also advised that the Wheat Ridge Police Department had no indications of specific allegations in Colorado.
Because there were no allegations regarding any crime in this jurisdiction, no investigation outside of notification was done. If you have further questions, I may be contacted at the below email and phone number.
Commander Dave Pickett
City of Wheat Ridge Police Department
Some of the remaining questions:
To the Wheat Ridge police and Detective Cohen (now retired): Do you know if the Jeffco Swim Team notified USA Swimming?
To the North Jeffco Swim Team: Did you notify USA Swimming? If not, why not? If yes, what happened as a result?
To the Arvada police: What actions did you take in the Gibney matter?
To the Archdiocese of Denver: Who was the priest who accompanied Gibney to Peru? Where is he? Was Gibney indeed head of the international eye clinic foundation, as he claimed?
To the Colorado Department of Human Services: We await the findings of your further investigation into Gibney’s association with the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden.
To Frontier Airlines: We await a response to yesterday’s questions concerning your employment of Gibney.
To USA Swimming and the American Swimming Coaches Association: You do not respond to Concussion Inc.’s inquiries, but your organizations have much to answer for here.
To the U.S. Congress: What are you waiting for? A full-scale criminal investigation and public hearings are overdue.
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