Local former swim coach Rick Curl, whose namesake club became internationally renowned for its elite competitors, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of child sexual abuse involving one of his former swimmers, Kelley Currin, in the 1980s.
Sentencing is set for May 23. Curl, 63, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.
Currin, now 43, traveled from Texas to attend Thursday morning’s hearing in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville. When she entered the courtroom, she walked to the front row, sat down and immediately stared to her left to face Curl. The former coach, now with graying hair, sat across the aisle flanked by his wife, Linda, and three attorneys.
Curl later answered a series of questions from judge Marielsa Bernard related to his plea. He told the judge that he had been considering pleading guilty since December.
Currin did not speak in court, but prosecutors said she plans to deliver a victim impact statement at the sentencing.