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Monday, April 19, 2010
Sex abuse alleged in lawsuit

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Attorneys have filed a lawsuit against the governing body of U.S. competitive swimming and a swim coach who they claim had a sexual relationship with a teenage swimmer.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in Jackson County, Mo., alleges that Robert D. Mirande, an assistant coach for a Blue Springs swim club, had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teenager from 2006 to 2008, beginning when she was 17.

The lawsuit names USA Swimming, the Kansas City Dolphins and Missouri Valley Swimming, as well as Mirande and the head coach who supervised him, Aaron Dean.

A separate lawsuit also has been filed in Santa Clara County, Calif., alleging that an inadequate background check policy has encouraged sexual molestation in youth swimming.