Former Burnsville Swim Coach Charged with Sexual Conduct

Alfred O'Neill Photo: Dakota County
Alfred O'Neill

September 13, 2018 03:59 PM

The former coach of a Burnsville swimming club has been charged after authorities say he had a sexual relationship with an underage girl during the '80s, according to a release from the Dakota County Attorney's Office. 

The release said 61-year-old Alfred John O'Neill faces one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.


According to a criminal complaint, a woman contacted the Burnsville Police Department in June reporting she had been sexually abused by her former swim coach during the timeframe of 1987 and 1989. The attorney's office said the woman identified O'Neill as her coach.

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The woman came forward after she had been in contact with a representative from Safe Sport, a nonprofit organization that investigates reports of sexual misconduct within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. 

The victim said she began swimming for the Burnsville Swim Club at the age of 14. The complaint said O'Neill began to treat her as a favorite and increased time alone with her when she was 16. O'Neill then began engaging in sexual contact with her when she was 17, according to the complaint. 

The complaint states Burnsville police asked the victim to call O'Neill as part of the investigation, and during the recorded call O'Neill made numerous statements acknowledging his conduct.

"I was a young girl, I was 17," the victim said, according to the complaint.

"Yea," O'Neill allegedly replied.

"And you were 31. You were my coach," the victim said.

"Yea," O'Neill said, the complaint states.

O'Neill was arrested Wednesday. According to the complaint, he admitted having sexual contact with the victim, but he said it was after she turned 18.


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