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A longtime Charlotte swim coach has been banned for life from USA Swimming, seven months after he was charged with misdemeanor sexual misconduct involving a minor.
Jamie Thomas, 54, owner and head coach of New South Swimming in Charlotte since 1997, had been on leave from the club since July.
On Monday, the sportâ€™s governing body announced Thomasâ€™ permanent suspension for violation of the USA Swimming code of conduct. The suspension means he is prohibited from coaching or owning one of its club teams.
â€œThe safety of our athletes is our top priority,â€ USA Swimming spokesperson Karen Linhart said. â€œItâ€™s very important to have the right people in our sport, acting in the ways of our code of conduct and doing the right thing.â€