July 20 (UPI) — A former aggressive figure skater filed a lawsuit on Monday looking for $10 million in damages from skating coach Richard Callaghan, accusing him of sexual assault.
Filed within the Federal District Court docket in Buffalo, the civil go well with by Craig Maurizi, 57, now a skating coach however a former scholar of Callaghan’s, accuses the as soon as celebrated coach of getting “used his place of belief and authority to psychologically groom Craig for what became practically a decade of sexual abuse” through the 1970s and 1980s.
The go well with additionally targets three skating establishments for conspiring with Callaghan to stop Maurizi’s complaints from being heard.
“Callaghan’s conduct was that of a textbook baby sexual predator,” Maurizi’s attorneys stated within the grievance, which additionally names the Buffalo Skating Membership, the Skilled Skaters Affiliation and the U.S. Figure Skating Affiliation as co-defendants.
The lawsuit accuses the skating establishments of getting protected Callaghan, 74, by putting him within the Philadelphia Skating Membership in 1980 “partly due to his abuse of Craig” as an alternative of stopping the alleged abuse by making an official report back to the USA’ figure skating governing physique or legislation enforcement.
Callaghan, who coached Tara Lipinski when she gained an Olympic gold medal in 1998, was completely banned by U.S. Figure Skating and the U.S. Middle for SafeSport in August of final 12 months after an investigation into accusations he engaged in sexual misconduct with Mauiriz and Adam Schmidt, one other former aggressive skater.
His lifetime ban was later decreased to a three-year suspension in December.