Former Irish swimming coach George Gibney; journalist Irvin Muchnick
American sportswriter and journalist Irvin Muchnick gave an interview to Seán O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio One, following the publication of the second eBook edition of his book about former Irish swimming coach George Gibney.
Gibney was charged with 27 counts of indecency against young swimmers and of carnal knowledge of girls under the age of 15 in Ireland in April, 1993.
However, he moved to the United States in 1995, the year after an unusual and controversial decision by the Supreme Court led to the quashing of these charges.
He was also granted a visa during a visit to the United States in 1992 – seemingly aided by a Garda character reference – a year after people who had been abused by him started to speak up and organise themselves.
During his radio interview, Mr Muchnick told Mr O’Rourke that there were federal investigations of racketeering and insurance fraud involving USA Swimming taking place.
Asked how such investigations may “turn up the heat” on Gibney, Mr Muchnick said:
“I know that there are federal agents who are involved in these swimming investigations who are taking a specific look at George Gibney right now.”
Further to this…
Journalist Rebecca Davis-O’Brien, in The Wall Street Journal, reported:
“Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating USA Swimming, including allegations that the organization stifled athlete sexual-abuse claims, concealed its assets and improperly reaped hundreds of thousands of dollars in rebates from its in-house insurance company, people familiar with the matter said.
“Over the past year, a federal grand jury in Manhattan has heard evidence in the investigation, which is being led by the Manhattan US Attorney’s office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
It followed an article last month concerning the same investigation by Scott Reid in the Orange County Register.
Federal grand juries are used in some US states to decide whether probable cause exists to support criminal charges against a suspect.
Grand jury deliberations are carried out in secret.
Wall Street Journal Bombshell: Federal Grand Jury and FBI Are Investigating USA Swimming Sexual Abuse — Including Concealed Assets and Irregularities With In-House Insurance Company (Irvin Muchnick, Concussion.net)
Previously: On Gibney’s Trail