An Olympic swimmer who accused her coach of sexually abusing her as a minor says he controlled and manipulated her from a young age.
In a first-person essay posted Friday, Ariana Kukors described 'an extensive, abusive and incredibly manipulative relationship' with Sean Hutchison that lasted about a decade.
Hutchison came under investigation late last month, when Kukors, now 28, reported him for sexually abusing her as a teen, when he was her coach at King Aquatics, a Seattle-area swim club.
Homeland Security taskforce investigators, along with police in Washington State, served a search warrant at 46-year-old Hutchison's apartment Tuesday, recovering electronic devices they say may contain evidence - including possible naked photos of Kukors.
Former Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors (left, holding up her gold medal from the 2010 World Championships) has written a person essay describing the 'extensive, abusive and incredibly manipulative relationship' she had with her coach Sean Hutchison (right), who she says groomed her beginning at the age of 13
Hutchison hasn't been charged with a crime and has vehemently denied doing anything with Kukors 'that was not consensual'.
'I absolutely deny having any sexual or romantic relationship with her before she was old enough to legally make those decisions for herself.
'Prior to that time, I did nothing to 'groom' her.
'After the 2012 Olympics we were in a committed relationship and Ariana lived at my residence in Seattle for more than a year,' he said.
Kukors' essay was in response to Hutchison's denial.
In her essay, Kukors says Hutchison started 'grooming' her as soon as he became her coach at the age of 13.
Hutchison is currently under investigation for sexually abusing Kukors as a teen. She says their relationship turned sexual when she was 16. Kukors pictured above setting a world record at the 2009 World Championships in Rome
When she competed in the Olympics in 2012, Kukors says Hutchison was incredibly jealous and made her check in with him constantly. Above, Kukors competed in the London games where she placed fifth in the 200-meter individual medley
She says Hutchison had a 'strong hold' over not just herself, but all of his female swimmers who 'would do anything for him'.
'Before long, we were waking up early to pick up coffee and a scone for him before morning practice. He made everyone feel special. He’d ask about our lives, how we were feeling, what we were up to that night. He’d stay on the pool deck and talk to us after practice,' she said.
When she got a cellphone at 15, the two started texting every day and she says Hutchison made her feel 'special'.
Kukors remembers distinctly the moment that their relationship changed forever.
'Sean made his move in the Mt. Rainier Pool parking lot, a hole in the wall complex just outside of Seattle. I was standing by his car talking after practice wearing baggy gray sweatpants with TROJANS, my high school mascot, written down the side in green. I was 15.
'He asked me if I was wearing underwear.
'I said no.
'I’ll never forget the look on his face, it was almost mischievous as he was trying to gauge my response.