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Olympic swimmer who alleges abuse: Ex-coach ‘stole so much’

NEW YORK (AP) Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors says her former coach ”stole so much” from her in the decade she alleges he sexually abused her starting when she was a minor.

Kukors told The Associated Press in an emotional interview that she can’t get that time back but can speak out so others recognize signs of abuse. The 28-year-old world champion swimmer says it’s freeing to talk about the allegations.

Sean Hutchison has denied abusing Kukors. He has said they were in a consensual relationship after the 2012 Olympics, when she was 23. An email to Hutchison’s attorney Monday wasn’t immediately returned.

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Kukors said someone who began forming a relationship with her when she was 13 couldn’t possibly say it was consensual.

She declined to say what USA Swimming officials should’ve done differently.

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