Once prominent swim coach sentenced for sex abuse

UPDATE: Thursday – 5/23/2013, 7:46am ET

WASHINGTON – Rick Curl has been sentenced to 15 years, with all but seven suspended.

EARLIER: Thursday – 5/23/2013, 7:46am ET

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) – A Virginia man who was once one of the nation’s most prominent swimming coaches is scheduled to be sentenced for sexually abusing one of the girls he instructed.

Richard J. Curl, who pleaded guilty in February, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday afternoon in Montgomery County Circuit Court. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

Curl, of Vienna, Va., was banned for life by USA Swimming over allegations of an intimate relationship with a teenage swimmer in the 1980s.

He was charged last year after a woman told police that he sexually abused her between the ages of 13 and 18 when he was her swim coach.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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