by Irvin Muchnick
“American police investigated a complaint of sexual assault made by a young swimmer against George Gibney, the former Irish national coach, a year after his prosecution for sexually abusing and raping minors collapsed in Ireland.
The Arvada Police Department (APD) in Colorado has confirmed it received a report in October 1995 that Gibney either ‘pinched’ a swimmer or ‘snapped the swimmer’s swimsuit’ while he was employed as a coach by the North Jeffco Parks & Recreation District.”
The full text of the story today with the lead passage above, by the Sunday Times’ Justine McCarthy, repeats the information from Concussion Inc.’s February 24 story on an investigation by the Wheat Ridge police in 2000, and February 27 story on an investigation by the Arvada police in 1995. Complete links to our Gibney series are at the bottom of this post.
Today’s Sunday Times article goes on to review how in 1994 Gibney escaped prosecution in Ireland on 17 sexual abuse charges and relocated to the U.S. The piece also chronicles a second investigation by the Irish garda, or national police, in 2011, which emerged from new complaints by Gibney victims but culminated in a decision not to seek his extradition.
The Sunday Times McCarthy furher reports that Frances Fitzgerald, the justice minister, last week wrote to Nóirín O’Sullivan, the garda commissioner, asking her to review the Gibney case. This followed a call for a third Gibney investigation by Maureen O’Sullivan, a member of the Dail (Irish Parliament).
The garda press office issued an appeal to both old known victims of Gibney, and new ones, to contact police.
The article again notes that this reporter has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Homeland for Gibney’s immigration file, in an effort to establish who sponsored his initial entry visa and permanent resident green card.
Tomorrow at Concussion Inc.: Irish legislator Maureen O’Sullivan has sought the assistance of Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Jackie Speier.
CONCUSSION INC.’S SERIES SO FAR: