April 10, 2010 by Post Team
Brooke Taflinger: According to ABCNEWS — In a sexual abuse scandal that some victims compared to what happened in the Catholic Church, at least 36 swimming coaches have been suspended for life by U.S. organization Swimming in the last 10 years due to sexual misconduct with teenagers he coached.
The coaches have bothered, caressed and abused dozens of swimmers, according to court records and interviews conducted by ABC News report Friday on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “20/20.”
A coach Brian Hindson of Kokomo, IN, secretly recorded teenage girls he coached in two rooms in the school locker of the pool, one that led the girls to a “special” shower where there was a hidden camera in a closet.
“It was a feeling of betrayal,” said Indiana swimming star Brooke Taflinger ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross for a report to be broadcast Friday on “20/20.”
Taflinger parents Brooke later identified for the FBI as one of the girls who was shot nkd in the locker and shower area.
“I have to tell you, it hurts,” Brooke’s father, Bruce Taflinger, told “20/20.” “My wife just had to see a picture before she returned in tears,” he said.
FBI officials realized the photos of a North Carolina woman bought the team coach at E-Bay and found a video clip of a girl in a costume that seems to be recorded without your knowledge. A subsequent search of Hindson’s home locker room appeared more images and a wide selection of child prnography.
“This had gone on for almost 10 years, with no detection of any kind,” said Lt. Don Whitehead of the Kokomo, IN cyber police unit ABC News crime.
Hindson was sentenced in 2008 to 33 years in federal prison. Gregg Stark His lawyer did not return repeated requests for comment.
However, another victim Hindson, Sarah Rutkowski, now 21, said there are many unanswered questions.
“I really did like to know how and where the videos are completed, they are on the Internet, or if he put them through Limewire or were just sitting around for your personal use,” Rutkowski, who is believed to have been 12 or 13 years when it was recorded, told ABC News. “That’s really disturbing to me, without knowing where those videos.”
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