Figure Skating Coach Richard Callaghan Banned Pending Sexual Abuse Investigation

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Figure Skating Coach Richard Callaghan Banned Pending Sexual Abuse Investigation

A figure skating coach who once trained Olympic champion Tara Lipinski has been suspended pending an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct first made against him almost 20 years ago. He also accused the coach of leveraging his authority to carry on a full sexual relationship with Maurizi when he was 18. Asked about the allegations that led to his suspension, he said: "That's 19 or 20 years ago". When allegations first surfaced in 1999, he "vehemently denied" them, the New York Times reported at the time.

The suspension was announced as U.S. Figure Skating was made aware of new interest in those earlier allegations. The U.S. Figure Skating Association followed suit, as mandated by its bylaws.

The suspension comes almost two decades after the allegations first arose against the now 72-year-old Callaghan.

When reached for comment, Callaghan told ABC News he had not been notified of his suspension.

Maurizi could not be reached for comment, but he was quoted by the newspaper as saying: "I don't want to discuss any actions that I may or may not have taken in filing a grievance with SafeSport at this time".

Maurizi told ABC that he considered the suspension "a great step in the right direction" but did not elaborate, explaining that he was seeking legal representation.

US Figure Skating said Callaghan is prohibited from participating in any capacity in sanctioned activities. The Times article cited two other unnamed students of Callaghan's who also claimed to have been molested by the coach. There is no statute of limitations on the alleged incidents it will investigate, but it will initiate an investigation only after a report has been filed by a person alleging abuse or mistreatment.

"I hope I gave the PSA and the USFSA a wakeup call by telling my story", Maurizi said at the time.

Callaghan, who says he has retired to Florida but still coaches a few times per week, is listed as the chief operating officer of Champions of America, a skating clinic owned by his former student Todd Eldredge, a three-time Olympian and former world champion.

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