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Richard Callaghan, figure skating coach, has life ban reduced

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10 Jan 1998: Tara Lipinski looks at the results of her routine with coach Richard Callaghan at the US Figure Skating Championships at the CoreStates Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire /Allsport

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Renowned figure skating coach Richard Callaghan, who tutored Tara Lipinski to the gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, had his lifetime ban for alleged sexual misconduct reduced to a three-year suspension Monday.

The decision, first reported by ABC News, came after a hearing involving the U.S. Center for SafeSport. The 73-year-old Callaghan will also serve 15 years of probation and be required to complete 100 hours of community service.

The original suspension was handed down in August after one of Callaghan’s former students, Adam Schmidt, filed a lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused when he was 14 years old. That incident followed claims of sexual misconduct from Craig Maurizi, himself an Olympic coach who said Callaghan had an inappropriate relationship with him in the 1970s.

Callaghan, who also coached 1996 world champion Todd Eldredge, has repeatedly denied the allegations.

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