Richard Callaghan, a distinguished American determine skating coach who was suspended from the game final 12 months, was barred completely on Wednesday, 20 years after he was first accused publicly of sexual misconduct involving a minor.
The choice to bar Mr. Callaghan for sexual misconduct was introduced by the U.S. Heart for SafeSport, a nonprofit group created to examine abuse of athletes. U.S. Determine Skating, the game’s nationwide governing physique, adopted go well with and in addition barred Mr. Callaghan, who’s 73, from any skating-related exercise in america. He has lengthy denied any wrongdoing.
Mr. Callaghan is finest recognized for teaching Tara Lipinski to an Olympic gold medal in 1998 and training Todd Eldredge to a world championship and 6 United States titles.
In 1999, Craig Maurizi, a distinguished coach and former pupil of Mr. Callaghan’s, advised The New York Instances that Mr. Callaghan had begun abusing him when he was 15 years previous. Two different skaters additionally accused Mr. Callaghan of inappropriate habits within the Instances article.
Mr. Maurizi’s accusations have been dismissed on the time by U.S. Determine Skating as a result of that they had not been filed inside 60 days of when the abuse was stated to have occurred. However the case obtained renewed scrutiny when SafeSport was fashioned in 2017, and Mr. Callaghan was suspended from skating in March 2018.
“I really feel lastly vindicated,” Mr. Maurizi stated Wednesday. “This man’s a monster. This man has ruined the lives and careers of many individuals. I consider he needs to be punished to no matter extent is feasible.”
Wednesday’s everlasting ban got here days after one other former skater, Adam Schmidt, 34, filed a lawsuit towards Mr. Callaghan, saying he had been abused by the coach beginning at age 14. U.S. Determine Skating was additionally named as a defendant within the go well with.
Mr. Schmidt stated in a press release that the ban was a “main victory” for skaters who had been abused by Mr. Callaghan.
“Now he will likely be endlessly generally known as the predator who delivered medals to a corrupt group who accepted them in change for the security and safety of kids,” Mr. Schmidt added, referring to U.S. Determine Skating.
John Manly, Mr. Schmidt’s lawyer, stated in a press release that the ban was excellent news however “small consolation” to these harm by Mr. Callaghan.
“It ought to have occurred within the ’90s,” Mr. Manly stated, including that U.S. Determine Skating “has been contaminated by the most cancers of kid abuse. They should minimize this most cancers out earlier than it destroys this lovely sport.”
The ban towards Mr. Callaghan adopted current public accusations of sexual assault made by two feminine skaters towards John Coughlin, a two-time nationwide pairs champion, who died by suicide in January after being suspended from the game.