According to the lawsuit Griswold began the trial. “purposely and maliciously” Egbert was vulnerable because of his intellectual disability. Griswold began sexually assaulting Egbert in Tokyo and continued after Egbert moved into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in January 2022, the suit says.

The complaint also says that Egbert’s parents were rebuffed when they raised concerns with the U.S.O.P.C. throughout 2022 about changes in their son’s behavior while living at the training center: He lost weight, had uncontrollable bowel movements and no longer wanted to take showers. He also wrote a story on a group who beat cancer. “Hurricane Robert.” Egbert explained to his parents that this was Griswold who he claimed had verbally and physically abused him.

Egbert, who was 21 years old, told his parents about Griswold’s sexual abuse of him. He also said that Griswold threatened to get him in trouble if he spoke out about it to anyone.

A U.S.O.P.C. spokesperson said that the organization learned of the allegations of sexual abuse against Griswold from Egbert’s mother that same day, called police and SafeSport, and immediately removed Griswold from the training center. spokesperson said the organization learned of the accusations of sexual abuse against Griswold from Egbert’s mother that same day, called police and SafeSport, immediately removed Griswold from the training center, and suspended him from the national team. A public information officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department confirmed there is an open investigation related to the claims in Egbert’s lawsuit.

We don’t know the details of the previous complaint against Griswold. In September 2020, Griswold was listed in SafeSport’s disciplinary database as having temporary restrictions for allegations of misconduct, which could cover a range of degrees of physical, emotional or sexual abuse. One month later, SafeSport confirmed Griswold’s eligibility to compete at the Paralympic Games, the U.S.O.P.C. said.

Interview requests from their lawyers were declined by the Egberts. Parker Egbert, according to the lawsuit is still dealing with the aftermath of the attacks and does not feel safe competing or training for the U.S.O.P.C.

“Now, swimming, the thing that gave him so much joy, is a source of terror,” said Elizabeth A. Kramer, another of Egbert’s lawyers. “We hope to get him some measure of justice for the nightmare he is enduring.”