USAT Statement on Coach Indicted for Inappropriate Contact
Earlier this morning, USA Taekwondo (USAT) was made aware of the charges brought yesterday against USAT coach member Quyen Vinh Phan Le regarding inappropriate contact with minors and possession of child pornography.
“USA Taekwondo is extremely disappointed to hear the charges levied again Mr. Phan Le and our thoughts go out to the alleged victims and their families,” said USA Taekwondo CEO Eric Parthen. “Athlete protection is the top priority for USA Taekwondo and we are actively working with the U.S. Olympic Committee to ensure our policies and procedures are in compliance with their new Safe Sport initiative and that we are doing everything in our power to provide a safe environment for our athletes.”
To that end, Mr. Phan Le was put through, and passed, a background check by the National Center for Safety Initiatives in September of 2011. USA Taekwondo will continue to strengthen its screening process of all members in a position of authority, especially those directly involved with USAT National Teams.
While USA Taekwondo has yet to be contacted by the Fairfax County Police Department, USAT will fully cooperate with the investigation should our involvement be helpful. USAT also joins the Fairfax County Police Department in calling for anyone who has information about this case, or any other case, to contact the appropriate authorities. The sooner alleged actions like these are identified, the more protection can be afforded athletes throughout the country.