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Another Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Brought Against USA Swim Team

Another lawsuit has been filed against USA Swimming alleging sexual abuse by a former swim coach. According to ABC News, a lawsuit was filed this week in California by Jancy Thompson, a former Olympic hopeful. The lawsuit names as defendants USA Swimming, Pacific Swimming (the regional level of the swim team), and West Valley swim club (her local team). The lawsuit also names her former coach, Norm Havercroft, who Thompson alleges began sexually molesting her at the age of 15, four years after he began coaching her.  

The lawsuit accuses USA Swimming of allowing Havercroft to continue to coach children after hearing complaints of his sexual misconduct with children. ABC News reports that USA Swimming attorneys and insurance brokers met with another alleged victim of Havercroft's in 2002, and a confidential civil settlement was reached. According to ABC News, USA Swimming denied, on a separate occasion involving a separate lawsuit and different coach, knowing of any sexual misconduct by Havercroft.

According to an ABC News "20/20" investigation from last April, 36 USA Swimming coaches have been banned for life because of alleged sexual misconduct. The newest lawsuit is the fifth alleging sexual misconduct to be filed against USA swimming. Last January, former coach Andy King was sentenced to 40 years in prison for his sexual abuse of minors on his swim teams.

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USA Swimming Hit With Another Sexual Abuse Lawsuit (ABC News)

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