[UPDATED with Reid Clarifies Coker:] Did Nadadores Swim Club Bury its Head in the Deep End as Underage Sex Claim Surfaced?

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Coach Ad'm Dusenbury
UPDATE, MARCH 26, 5:27 P.M.: Appreciative that someone other than family reads his Orange County Register pieces, staff writer Scott M. Reid just shot over an email clarifying the time line in my original post about his bombshell story on the internationally known Nadadores Swim Club of Mission Viejo, a former coach and female teen swimmer linked romantically. Reid's email, which follows after the jump, also notes something that I missed in his original article: that Ad'm Dusenbury quit amid the allegations, moved to Palo Alto and then was called back to the Nadadores.

Here's that email:

I just wanted to drop you a line to clarify something that was in your recent post about the Mission Viejo Nadadores. In the story Sunday I referred to Rick Brotherton being appalled at the club's reaction to the Dusenbury situation. That was in reference to the club's reaction this past August. Dusenbury resigned, then was allowed to withdraw the resignation and return to the club. Several parents were upset with the decision to call him back from Palo Alto. Coaches and club officials opposed the club firing him yet would not view the material raising the allegations. That is what Mr. Brotherton was upset with and why he left the club.

Mr. Brotherton was not on the board in 2006 and I'm not sure he was even at the club at the time. I do believe that if he had been aware of the rumors and red flags about Dusenbury and the girl in 2006 he would have followed the proper procedures then just as he did in August.

I also wanted to say I appreciate you taking notice of our reporting in your blog. It's nice to know someone besides my family is reading the paper.

All the best,

Scott M. Reid
Staff writer
The Orange County Register

Back atcha, big guy.

ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 26, 2:28 P.M.: Since forming in 1968, athletes from the Nadadores Swim Club of Mission Viejo have won 47 National Team Championships, 12 Olympic Gold Medals, 7 Olympic Silver Medals, 1 Olympic Bronze Medal, 5 Individual World Championship titles and 148 individual National Championships. The club has produced 135 All-Americans, and 91 American and 22 world records have been shattered along the way. But the club is now generating something else: allegations that it covered up a onetime rising star coach's sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female Nadadores swimmer.

Orange County Register investigative reporter Scott M. Reid is carving out an interesting niche beat. He broke the news in September about multiple, decades-old sexual trysts involving underage gymnasts and U.S. Olympic team coach Don Peters. That led to Peters leaving his internationally renowned SCATS gym in Huntington Beach--and Orange County, for that matter--and his eventual ban from the sport.

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Reid broke the news last week about underage sex allegations from 2006 surrounding another internationally known coach: Ad'm Dusenbury--full name Daniel Ad'm Dusenbury, 34--who was director of the 13/14 Division at the "world famous" Nadadores club and the "world's best" coach, according to his short-lived 2009 blog.

The reaction from the Nadadores to the story coming to light now prove that when it comes to denying or minimizing adult employees having illegal sex with minors years ago, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange is not alone in standing by its men.

Parents, Nadadores coaches and team officials apparently knew back in 2006 that Dusenbury was romatically involved with the 16-year-old Aliso Viejo High School student. Then, last August, board members were handed a DVD diary that Dusenbury and the girl made to chronicle their relationship. Reportedly included were the dates and locations where they got it on, and there is said to be at least one image of the girl in her underwear on Dusenbury's bed.

And yet, Dusenbury was allowed to keep coaching through October, when he left for the Voices for Children, "a research and advocacy organization committed to making young children's issues a priority" in San Antonio, Texas.

Nadadores head coach Bill Rose all along dismissed the allegations as false but, curiously, he also just told Reid he never viewed the DVD.

"What relationship?" Rose reportedly asked during the interview. "They're just allegations. . . . We followed the proper procedures."

In a long statement about Reid's report that I have added to the end of this post, the Nadadores say the story is "stale" and filled with so many "inaccuracies" and "false statements," the club wonders why the Register bothered printing it. The statement goes on to say that after a woman who described herself as Dusenbury's ex-girlfriend handed a board member the DVD, the coach was immediately suspended with pay pending an investigation.

The sport's governing body, USA Swimming, and the Orange County Sheriff's Department were contacted, and each launched separate probes, according to the statement. The sheriff's department ultimately determined there was insufficient evidence of a crime. USA Swimming recommended supervised probation for Dusenbury as their investigation continued, according to the Nadadores, but he left the club instead and has not been affiliated with it since.

The statement claims the ex-girlfriend has since denied the allegations. She is reportedly described as "angry" and "vengeful" in an email to the Register from Kathleen Fletcher, the Voices for Children president and Dusenbury cheerleader.

I do understand that, like any organization that works with or serves children, USA Swimming has to investigate any allegation. I also know that allegations may or may not be true. We followed up on references both here and in California--all excellent. To avoid any risk, the CEO of the major organization of which we are a partner agency did some additional contacting of people and of course we did a background check--no problems other than apparently an angry and vengeful ex-girlfriend...Ad'm has done an excellent job for us.

Reid also heard from former Nadadores board of directors chairman Rick Brotherton, who said he was so perturbed by the relationship everyone was talking about as it was going on--and even more so by the official cover up after it was exposed--that he quit and pulled his kids out of the club.

"I didn't agree with the fact that he was still on (the pool) deck," Brotherton reportedly says. "I thought by my staying there I was making a statement that I felt everything was fine and I didn't believe everything was fine. So we left. I didn't want people thinking 'The Brothertons are still here. It must not be as bad as they're saying it is.'"

Considering the possibility that many may have buried their heads in the deep end, USA Swimming has shifted the focus of its investigation from the allegations to the apparent Nadadores cover up. From San Antonio, Dusenbury has kept his mouth shut.

The Nadadores statement follows on the next page . . .
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10 comments
joeholtzman
joeholtzman

Coach Bill Rose's arrogance knows no bounds !

DAN C.
DAN C.

 We love those HOT young smooth boys at our blog.

When they jump out of the pool, we have an agreement, I get the FIRST, That way Dawn is safe! Smooth swimmer boys our our style.  That PACKMASTER thing was great while it lasted, but now we are running out of 'prospects'.

LONG LIVE BOYS SWIMMING AT IRVINE AQUATICS! GO BOYS GO!!!

909Jeff
909Jeff

awwww shit here we go again... Did you call the Blades to get a statement? 

Voiceofreason
Voiceofreason

Lets see.... the accused is not commenting. The alleged victim denies it happened. Law Enforcement declined to prosecute. The only 'evidence' is supplied by a former girlfriend of the accused. Can you say 'non-story'? Whatever happened to innocence until proven guilty?

I wonder if I am the only one tiring of Scott M. Reid's tales in the OC Register every Sunday morning. Sounds like that is all that man is doing. Are there not more pressing issues in the world to be reporting about? If I were the swim coach I would certainly look into some libel action.

mitch young
mitch young

I'm pretty disappointed in the Nadadores parents so far -- but maybe they are so high above us all that this blog isn't even on their radar.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

 "Tales"? Scott Reid is one of the best investigative sports reporters in the country.

Hairui
Hairui

 found this string of comments not because I was so high above, but because my radar won't work down in the mud.

JJSpenser
JJSpenser

An investigative reporter is only as good as his source. I guess Mr. B conveniently forgot to tell Scott Reid that he stayed on the team and allowed his own daughter to be coached by this guy for several weeks after the allegations surfaced. Hmmmm

Hairui
Hairui

This coach was going down with or without Mr. B, the proper process had been initiated, and the outcome was certain, but due process had to be provided, especially since it was that "Mr.B" initiated and coerced a resignation from the coach without due process.    Frankly, Mr. B and friends were just not satisfied with the pace, and later in frustration became focused on recruiting others to leave the team, by offering them copies of the "underage girls" pictures and her name, despite confidentiality.  The OC report was 6 months late, coach was long gone, the board review process has been completed, internal changes and reviews were already in place, and the team, parents, and children of all involved were finally beginning to move on and heal.  This was not about the "sex allegations", the proper authorities were involved from the beginning and ruled "no case"...this was about 2 egotistical men, Rose and Mr. B, who so hated one another, neither could see the other's valid points, and in frustration, Mr. B decided to burn down the house by calling the OC register and taking credit for what was already being handled internally, with the police and with USA Swimming.  He was heard saying that he wanted a "Joe Paterno" result.  The reporter, sat on the story for 6 months, and decided to publish it the day of the annual Nadadores children banquet, coincidence?  I doubt it...just more attempts by Mr. B to get even with the Nads.  Again, the story is about 2 power hungry men, unable to reconcile differences, which rendered them powerless to make good rational choices.  

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