Brendan Kerry, Australian Olympic Athlete, Banned for Alleged Child Sex Offence

Australian figure skating star Brendan Kerry has faced a lifetime ban from competing in America after allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor. The 29-year-old, who represented Australia at three Winter Olympics, has denied the accusations but has been banned by the US Center for SafeSport pending an appeal.

Kerry, an eight-time Australian champion, was accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with a skater aged 16 or 17 in 2016 and 2017. The SafeSport investigation revealed that Kerry allegedly had sexual intercourse with the minor on multiple occasions and provided alcohol to the underage individual.

In addition to the allegations involving the minor, Kerry was also investigated for non-consensual sex with another skater at a party in 2016, although the center found insufficient evidence to support the claim.

Despite the accusations, Kerry has not been criminally charged and maintains his innocence. He is currently banned from participating in any events organized or sponsored by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, as well as any American figure-skating organizations.

Born in Sydney, Kerry has had a successful career in figure skating, winning the Australian Championships multiple times and becoming the highest-ranked Australian male skater in the world. However, the allegations of misconduct have tarnished his reputation and led to his retirement from competitive skating.

The case has drawn attention to the issue of sexual misconduct in sports and the importance of safeguarding young athletes from abuse. Figures like Gracie Gold have come forward with their own experiences, highlighting the need for accountability and transparency in the sporting community. The outcome of Kerry’s appeal will be closely watched by the skating world as the sport grapples with the impact of such allegations on its reputation and integrity.

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