"... Robert Allard of the law firm Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard was the attorney for Jane Doe in her civil case against USA Swimming. He was named California Lawyer of the Year in 2012 for his work in exposing the USA Swimming cover up and sexual molestation scandal. ..."
Note the past tense when the Andrew King lawsuit was mentioned.
Coach Andrew King was sent to jail for molesting 14 swimmers. He is right up there with Jerry Sandusky with the amount of pain and suffering he caused yet Allard states no one within USA Swimming had to pay a price or nobody within the executive staff had to pay a price even after USA Swimming executive director, Chuck Wielgus, failed to investigate a sex abuse complaint and insisting that it be kept confidential.
Evoking Joe Paterno's de facto cover-up of a child molestation situation Robert Allard states that USA Swimming is equally capable yet no board member was forced to resign or held accountable.
If you don't know about the Joe Paterno/Penn State scandal, Penn State has been hit with a $60-million-dollar fine by the NCAA and may not participate in a college bowl game for four-years, they also have been forced to reduce their football scholarship program from 25-to-15 athletes after it was discovered that it's coach, Joe Paterno, covered up a serious sex abuse investigation thereby thwarting an arrest.
Here is a snippet from his op ed:
"... To understand how this culture can flourish, one need only look at the individuals in charge of USA Swimming. [Executive Direstor Chuck] Wielgus effectively thwarted any investigation of King by ordering that a swimmer's
To understand how this culture can flourish, one need only look at the individuals in charge of USA Swimming. Wielgus effectively thwarted any investigation of King by ordering that a swimmer's complaint of sex abuse be kept "confidential" in 2002.
Wielgus then attempted to deceive the American public on ESPN by stating that King was not even on USA Swimming's "radar" until he was arrested in 2010 for child molestation.
Ask yourself this: Is that admission on par with Joe Paterno?
This is what the former FBI head, Louis Freeh, investigation said about Joe Paterno and some of his staff:
"These men [President Graham B. Spanier, Senior Vice President‐Finance and Business Gary Schultz, Athletic Director Timothy Curley and the late head football Coach Joe Paterno] concealed Sandusky's activities from the Board of Trustees, the University community and authorities," the report stated. "They exhibited a striking lack of empathy for Sandusky's victims by failing to inquire as to their safety and well‐being, especially by not attempting to determine the identity of the child who Sandusky assaulted in the Lasch Building in 2001," when then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary reported witnessing Sandusky sexually assault a young boy in a locker room.
"There were more red flags here than you could count over a long period of time," Freeh said Thursday in a press conference.
Again ask yourself this: Is that admission on par with Joe Paterno?
[UPDATE: I emailed the author of the op ed, attorney Robert Allard, and asked what the status of the Jane Doe versus USA Swimming was and this was his reply:
"...My client is relieved that this matter is over. She is proud of the fact that her courage in bringing forth this little lawsuit in San Jose and withstanding over a year and a half of scorched earth litigation directly resulted in USA Swimming and the United States Olympic Committee being forced to totally revamp their child protection laws. [...]"
-- Robert Allard