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Richard Callaghan, figure skating coach, has life ban reduced

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Renowned figure skating coach Richard Callaghan, who tutored Tara Lipinski to the gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, had his lifetime ban for alleged sexual misconduct reduced to a three-year suspension Monday.

The decision, first reported by ABC News, came after a hearing involving the U.S. Center for SafeSport. The 73-year-old Callaghan will also serve 15 years of probation and be required to complete 100 hours of community service.

The original suspension was handed down in August after one of Callaghan’s former students, Adam Schmidt, filed a lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused when he was 14 years old. That incident followed claims of sexual misconduct from Craig Maurizi, himself an Olympic coach who said Callaghan had an inappropriate relationship with him in the 1970s.

Callaghan, who also coached 1996 world champion Todd Eldredge, has repeatedly denied the allegations.

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Richard Callaghan, a figure skating coach best known for helping Tara Lipinski earn 1998 Olympic gold, was ruled permanently ineligible for violations including sexual misconduct involving a minor.

Callaghan can still appeal the sexual misconduct violation, according to the U.S. Center for SafeSport, a watchdog for U.S. Olympic sports organizations that updated Callaghan’s status Wednesday.

He was first suspended in March 2018 pending an investigation into allegations first made against him more than 20 years ago.

Earlier this month, another former skater, Adam Schmidt, said in a lawsuit that he was sexually molested as a teenager by Callaghan starting in 1999.

Callaghan was previously accused of sexual misconduct in April 1999 by Craig Maurizi, one of his former students and later an assistant to him in San Diego and Detroit.

Maurizi told The New York Times that Callaghan had engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with him beginning when he was 15 years old. The alleged misconduct had begun nearly 20 years earlier. Callaghan denied the allegations.

In March 2018, Callaghan told ABC News: “That’s 19 or 20 years ago. I have nothing to say.”

Maurizi’s previous grievance against Callaghan with the U.S. Figure Skating Association, the precursor to U.S. Figure Skating, was dismissed on procedural grounds.

He was Callaghan’s assistant at the Detroit Skating Club until they split after Lipinski turned pro, left Callaghan and decided to train with Maurizi.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A figure skating coach who once trained Olympic champion Tara Lipinski has been suspended pending an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct first made against him nearly 20 years ago.

Richard Callaghan was accused of sexual misconduct in April 1999 by Craig Maurizi, one of his former students and later an assistant to him in San Diego and Detroit.

Maurizi told The New York Times that Callaghan had engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with him beginning when he was 15 years old. The alleged misconduct had begun nearly 20 years earlier. Callaghan denied the allegations.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s misconduct watchdog, announced Callaghan’s suspension on its website this week. U.S. Figure Skating then issued an order barring him from all of its events until further notice, as mandated in its bylaws.

On Friday, the 72-year-old Callaghan told ABC News: “That’s 19 or 20 years ago. I have nothing to say.”

He also said he had not been notified of the suspension, though he said he “saw a note on a website somewhere.”

In a statement on Friday, U.S. Figure Skating confirmed the suspension and said it would have no further comment.

Maurizi told ABC News that the suspension was “a great step in the right direction,” but he did not go into details about what prompted the action.

“At this time, I’m not going to discuss whether I have or have not filed a new claim through SafeSport,” Maurizi said. “I’m in the process of securing legal representation on my behalf.”

Maurizi’s previous grievance against Callaghan with the U.S. Figure Skating Association, the precursor to U.S. Figure Skating, was dismissed on procedural grounds.

He was Callaghan’s assistant at the Detroit Skating Club until they split after Lipinski turned pro, left Callaghan and decided to train with Maurizi.

Callaghan, who also coached six-time U.S. champion Todd Eldredge, said he has retired to Florida but still coaches a few times a week.

He was listed as the chief operating officer of Champions of America, a skating clinic owned by Eldredge.

The company’s website still advertised private skating lessons with Callaghan until Friday afternoon, when the page was removed, ABC News reported.

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