by Irvin Muchnick
Today Concussion Inc. received a copy of the 2000 report on George Gibney by the police in Wheat Ridge, a Denver suburb, in compliance with our public record request.
We expect shortly to have corresponding files, from five years earlier, from the police in nearby Arvada, where Gibney had coached USA Swimming’s North Jeffco Swim Team.
My Freedom of Information Act request for the Department of Homeland Security immigration files on Gibney, which is being assisted by Senator Dianne Feinstein, is now at No. 120 on the “complex track” queue.
I chose to reproduce below the nearly-full text of the Wheat Ridge report by a now-retired detective, Lila Cohen. I x’d out two names: the informant (whose ongoing business in the Denver area might be harmed) and Gibney’s adopted African daughter.
Below the text in bold is my immediate takeaway.
On September 20, 2000, Sergeant David Goracke received a phone call from xxxxx, reference some strong information concerning an alleged pedophile living in Wheat Ridge. Sergeant Goracke forwarded the information to me.
I called xxxxx back and learned that she was an employer to a man named George Gibney. She advised that while she was on the internet she tripped onto some information about George Gibney that was very concerning to her and she thought I should know about. xxxxx advised that George Gibney used to be an Olympic Swim Coach in Ireland but was arrested or charged with sexually assaulting children there and then came to the United States. xxxxx said she used to be a swim coach as well and this is how she got to know George better.
xxxxx said she fired George Gibney the day prior to this call because he lied to her. She said he was working as a temporary employee for her company and then, after getting to know George, she hired him full time. She said one of the things they had in common is that they were both swim coaches for children.
xxxxx advised that she knew that Gibney went to Peru on behalf of an eye clinic for children. She said Gibney works with children in his parish and is a volunteer in Golden at a Youth Detention Center. xxxxx further advised that the internet articles she read said he also coached the North Jeffco Swim Club in Colorado. xxxxx said the articles she found on the internet were on Google under Gibney. She said she found further information in Irish Times.com and Ireland.com. She said she thought Gibney was the director of an Advisory Board for the Youth Department of Corrections. She said he is also the Chairman of the International Peru Eye Clinic Foundation.
xxxxx advised that Gibney and his wife adopted an African girl who is now on the Irish Olympic Swim Team and is currently competing in the Olympics.[…] xxxxx said she knows that George has a brother who is a professor at Trinity College.
I told xxxxx that I had been sent articles last year concerning Gibney and concerns that he lived in our city at that time. I told her that he did not have to register as a sex offender and that he had not committed any crimes here that I knew of. I did tell her that I was very concerned that Gibney was working with children, especially children with issues such as being in detention or having eye problems. I further advised her that I was concerned that Gibney may travel with children in his parish to Peru. xxxxx did not know the church Gibney belonged to. She agreed to send me the information she located on the internet.
I attempted to find an advisory board through the Youth Department of Corrections but it is a State run agency and therefore does not have one. I called Lookout Mountain and was told the same. I know the members on the board for the Jefferson County Juvenile Assessment Center and Gibney is not on that. I called Arvada Police Department concerning the North Jeffco Swim Club and received a call back from Sergeant Jo Ann Rzeppa advising that she had investigated those allegations in 1995 and did not learn of any victims.
xxxxx advised that Gibney had access to a computer at work and when he was fired he was escorted to the door and did not have access to the computer. She asked if I wanted to come out and have someone look at it. I told her that I would have to send it to CBI [Colorado Bureau of Investigation] and she would be without it for several months as it would take low priority because a crime did not exist at this time. xxxxx said she could be cooperative but she could not be without a computer for that long. She said she would have her computer expert check it and get back to me.
xxxxx told me that the place Gibney volunteers with young people is at the Lab School at Lookout Mountain. She said Bill Weiner is in charge of that and gave me his phone number, [….] She said Gibney is on the board for the Metropolitan State College Lab School at Lookout Mountain. On October 5, 2000, I called and spoke with Bill Weiner who advised that George Gibney is in fact on that board. I told him that Gibney had not committed a crime here that I knew of but had some information he should be aware of if Gibney was having contact with kids. He provided me his address and I mailed him a copy of the information given to me by xxxxx.
Nothing further to report at this time.
Of course, this report raises many additional questions. The chief question remains whether North Jeffco Swim Team reported the information on Gibney to USA Swimming in nearby Colorado Springs when they dismissed him, and if so, what USA Swimming did with the information. Gibney is not on USA Swimming’s banned list, but sources say he is probably on the organization’s secret “flagged” list.
I will reiterate my request to speak with retired Detective Cohen. I also will reiterate my request to speak with Arvada’s retired Sergeant Rzeppa.
In addition, I will file a new public records request for Wheat Ridge files from 1999 that are alluded to in this 2000 document, and for any Gibney-related files subsequent to this 2000 document.
CONCUSSION INC.’S SERIES SO FAR: