The Straits Times
Published on Feb 26, 2013

Former USA Swimming vice-president complains about new screening procedure


SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former vice president at USA Swimming says the organisation's new screening procedures failed to detect a coach with multiple identities and a felony conviction.

Mike Saltzstein filed a complaint on Monday about a person known as James Pantera, who began working at San Diego Imperial Swimming last year.

Saltzstein says the man has at least 11 names and three dates of birth, and that he was sentenced to a year in federal prison for making false statements and fraudulently obtaining student loans.

Saltzstein questions whether USA Swimming's new screening policies are doing enough to protect swimmers in the wake of numerous sexual abuse cases involving coaches and underage athletes.