More Allegations of Sexual Abuse Against A Former Bay Area Swim Coach

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Another former Bay Area swim coach has been named in a lawsuit for alleged sexual abuse against his former swimmer. In a press conference yesterday, 28-year-old Jancy Thompson alleges that Norman Havercroft sexually abused her over a five-year period starting when she was 15, according to the Associated Press. The suit also names as defendants the national governing body of competitive swimming, USA Swimming; the West Valley Swim Club; and Pacific Swimming, the West Coast branch of USA Swimming.

The alleged abuse took place in Santa Clara County, including a Los Gatos swim club where Thompson trained, the homes of Thompson and Havercroft, and at a school. The suit alleges that Havercroft engaged in groping, sexual acts, providing pornography, and buying an Internet camera for cyber sex. In addition, the suit claims that the coach, who now lives in Corona del Mar, abused another female, and that Thompson witnessed Havercroft inappropriately touching and massaging several underage females.

The suit also says that USA Swimming was aware of the case but did nothing to remove Havercroft from his position. In response, Jane Weil, a lawyer for USA Swimming and Pacific Swimming, said the organizations had no "knowledge of unlawful conduct" by Havercroft.

There are currently five other lawsuits pending against USA Swimming involving allegations of sexual abuse by coaches. And earlier this year, Jesse Stovall, a former Berkeley swim coach, was sentenced to four years probation for having sex with one of his former swimmers, who was sixteen at the time.

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