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USA Swimming Denies Cover-Up With Former National Coach Mark Schubert

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Mark Schubert presents an award to 2009/2010 Grand Prix Series winner Chloe Sutton at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex on August 5, 2010 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Mark Schubert presents an award to 2009/2010 Grand Prix Series winner Chloe Sutton at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex on August 5, 2010 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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FULLERTON(AP) USA Swimming is denying any agreement with former national coach Mark Schubert to cover up allegations of sexual misconduct by other coaches.

The organization issued a statement Tuesday, one day after a wrongful termination lawsuit against Schubert claimed he hired a private investigator to take photos of another prominent coach, Sean Hutchison, engaged in improper sexual activities while working with an elite training program in Fullerton, Calif.

According to the suit, Schubert was paid $625,000 by USA Swimming not to go public with the information.

The governing body denies the claim made in the lawsuit filed by Dia Rianda against Schubert. It says the agreement which removed Schubert as national team coach specifically required him to report any sexual abuse cases he knew of or learned of in the future.

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