A couple worked as community team youth swim coaches for several years in Raleigh, North Carolina. In December 2017, police arrested the male coach for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. The male was the victim's year-round swim coach with the community swim team.
In March 2018, police also arrested the female coach and charged her with "contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile." Police have accused her of "allowing a 14-year-old girl 'to be in a place, in a vehicle alone with a person' who she knew was abusing the child."
According to the search warrant, the woman knew that her boyfriend sexually assaulted the young victim. Instead of reporting the incident to authorities, however, she called the child and told her that she had "ruined her relationship" with the perpetrator and demanded that she stay away from the male swim coach.
The 14-year-old swimmer first told the detective about the perpetrator's alleged sexual assault. After police arrested him, the teen told the detective that the man's girlfriend knew about the abuse prior to his arrest. Police found a text message exchange between the couple, confirming that the woman knew about the abuse.
The couple has been placed on USA Swimming's list of permanently banned coaches for violating the agency's SafeSport code, according to the USA Swimming website. Thomasi McDonald "Swim coach knew her boyfriend, also a coach, had sexually assaulted teen, police say," www.newsobserver.com (May 02, 2018).