A Virginia swimming coach was arrested for allegedly having sex with a minor swimmer.
According to reports, Noah Rucker, 39, was arrested in Fairfax County last week after a 27-year-old woman came forward and said Rucker had sex with her in 2001 when he coached at her high school. The alleged incident took place at james Madison High School in Virginia when he was 29 years old.
Rucker released a statement saying he denied all charges and is working to clear his name. He was arraigned Monday morning and released on a $15,000 bond. He is facing three counts of indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial and/or supervisory position.
Rucker has coached several teams in the area and most recently served as a coach at the Curl-Burke West Swim Team, which is widely regarded as one of the country’s most prestigious swim programs and trains some of Northern Virginia’s top swimmers.
USA swimming quickly released a statement saying they were looking into the matter. The organization came under fire in recent years that they did not detect cases of molestation and abuse by their coaches. Since then the organization has created a program they call Swim Safe that outlines protocol for dealing with suspected abuse.
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