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Parents Angry About Reporting Lapse in Case of San Jose Swim Coach

Man accused of exchanging inappropriate texts with minor swimmers arrested months after club was notified

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    More troubling allegations surfaced Tuesday evening in the case of a San Jose swim coach charged with annoying or molesting some of his underage swimmers. Damian Trujillo reports. (Published Tuesday, June 27, 2017)

    More troubling allegations surfaced Tuesday evening in the case of a San Jose swim coach charged with annoying or molesting some of his underage swimmers.

    Some angry parents said the Quicksilver Swim Club knew about the allegations against assistant coach Timothy Nguyen for months before it notified police.

    Nguyen, who was out on bail Tuesday, faces four counts of molesting or annoying minors in the Quicksilver club. The charges stem from text messages he exchanged with several male and female swimmers, police said.

    Parents claim the club knew about the problem for at least two months before calling police. Those parents said they reported the allegations to the swim club several months ago, and Nguyen was arrested just last week.

    The swim club sent a letter to parents, saying in part: "Our head coach followed proper procedure by reporting concerns to USA swimming, and Tim Nguyen’s resignation was immediate."

    USA Swimming officials said Tuesday they're the ones who called San Jose police after they deemed the allegations to be credible. They said they always err on the side of caution.

    San Jose police confirmed they weren't notified until May 30, months after parents said the club was notified.

    Dia Rianda coaches the Monterey County Aquatics Club and said her team had a run-in with Quicksilver coaches in late March.

    "Quicksilver coaches did not report it until May, but they’re required to report immediately," Rianda said. "That’s troubling, and it makes me angry."

    On Tuesday, the San Jose Unified School District confirmed Nguyen also was an assistant coach at Pioneer High School for three years. He was fired after his arrest.

    The district said Nguyen passed all fingerprint and criminal background checks before they hired him.

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