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No charges against former Swim Coach

June 13, 2013
Greg Winslow

Greg Winslow

County prosecutors in Phoenix said they would not file charges against a former University of Utah swim coach, Greg Winslow, who is accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl he coached in Arizona six years ago.

Winslow, who went on to coach at the University of Utah, was suspected of kissing and fondling a 15-year-old female swimmer at a Tempe swimming club, where he also coached.

“After a careful review of the information contained in the investigation, we determined that there was sufficient cause to seek an indictment in this matter,” said County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “However, we were unable to meet the necessary burden of proof required to move forward with formal charges. Absent additional information which could support these or other allegations, we will not pursue this matter further.”

Grand jury proceedings are secret but it can be inferred from Montgomery’s words that a Maricopa County grand jury failed to hand up an indictment against Winslow.

Winslow, a former assistant coachat Arizona State University, became the head coach of Sun Devil Aquatics swim club in 2005. Sun Devils Aquatics is not affiliated with ASU, but uses the school’s facilities. Under Winslow’s tenure, the team had winning seasons and sent four of its members to the U.S. National Junior team, according to Winslow’s biography in the University of Utah team guide.

He became head coach at Utah in 2007, but was suspended in February, when news of the sexual abuse allegation surfaced.

The victim, now in her 20s, filed a report against Winslow with the Arizona State University Police Department in September, 2012, alleging that between 2005 and 2008 Winslow had fondled her and kissed her in his office at the ASU aquatic facility and on a team trip.

But the case was problematic, judging from the police report.

Winslow denied the allegations, and though a confrontation call was made between the victim and Winslow in which he reportedly apologized to the victim, the recording device malfunctioned. The victim’s sisters and contemporaries and the coaches at the swim club told police they did not witness anything unusual between Winslow and the victim. She alleged that one of the incidents took place on a swim team trip in another state, which is out of the jurisdiction of Maricopa County law enforcement.

Nonetheless, police asked for two charges of sexual abuse to be filed against Winslow. Sexual abuse is a low-level felony and refers to unwanted sexual touching that stops short of penetration, but the statute clearly states that a person as young as 15 can consent to the contact. The victim in this case was 15 and older when the alleged incidents took place.

The police report said that Winslow was also under investigation for “non-criminal allegations of having inappropriate relationships with several swimmers

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