Longtime Montgomery County swim coach Rick Curl surrendered to police Thursday morning to face a charge of child abuse after it was alleged that he had an ongoing sexual relationship with a young swimmer in the 1980s, according to authorities.
Curl, 63, was charged in an arrest warrant Tuesday. He could face up to 15 years if convicted on the single felony count. There is generally no statute of limitations for felonies in Maryland.
Co-founder of the renowned Curl-Burke Swim Club, Curl was banned from the sport for life by USA Swimming last month. The club has changed its name and now operates as the Nation’s Capital Swim Club.
Police said Curl, of Vienna, was interviewed by a county detective Aug. 15, about three weeks after The Washington Post published an extensive interview with a former member of his swim team who said Curl had a sexual relationship with her and then paid her and her parents to keep quiet about it.