GREENSBORO, N.C. — John Zimmerman, a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame who has been accused of covering up the alleged sexual abuse of a 13-year-old female figure skater in 2017, is a credentialed coach at the U.S. national figure skating championships this week.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport has opened an investigation into an allegation that French Olympic pairs skater Morgan Cipres sent the 13-year-old two photos of his penis in December 2017, as reported by USA TODAY Sports last month, citing the girl, her parents and emails. The girl and her parents said that Zimmerman and Silvia Fontana, Cipres’ coaches, tried to keep the family from reporting the alleged incident to authorities by shaming and threatening the girl as Cipres, who then was 26, prepared for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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While Zimmerman is coaching this week in Greensboro, Fontana is coaching at the European Championships in Graz, Austria. Neither has been restricted from working at these major championships because SafeSport has only just begun its investigation and there have been no restrictions or suspensions placed on them, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity because the inquiry is private.

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