Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Involving Bowling Coach Settles for $750,000

Mar 30, 2021 | Firm News

On Friday, March 26, PCVA Partner Darrell Cochran and Associate Andrew Ulmer reached a $750,000 settlement with the United States Bowling Congress, the national governing body for the sport of bowling, as well as other bowling organizations. The plaintiff, now 23 years old, alleges that he was sexually abused by Ty Lee Treddenbarger, his bowling coach, in 2014 when he was 17 years old. The suit was originally filed in King County Superior Court on June 7, 2019.

Treddenbarger was arrested in 2017 and subsequently pled guilty to federal and state criminal charges for the production and possession of child pornography and child molestation. He is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence.

It is alleged that for approximately two decades Treddenbarger molested male youth bowlers he coached and traveled with during tournaments held in-state, out-of-state, and internationally. During this time, Treddenbarger served as a board member, association official, registered volunteer, and/or a youth director for the various bowling organizations.

The other defendants in the case included the Greater Seattle USBC and Washington State USBC, which are the local and state associations chartered under USBC, respectively.