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D.C. Council To Hold Hearing On Safety And Maintenance Issues At Wilson Pool

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The D.C. Council is holding an emergency oversight hearing today following reports of sexual assault at the Wilson Aquatic Center in Northwest Washington.

Police are investigating the rape of a woman by an employee at the Wilson Pool, and The Washington Post reports that two other women have come forward and said they were sexually assaulted there by an employee.

Officials say the reported attacks happened after-hours, when the pool was closed. So far no one has been arrested.

The city's Department of Parks and Recreation has fired one worker from the pool; another has been suspended.

Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) is holding today's hearing on the incidents and on the ongoing maintenance issues at the aquatic center, which was reopened in 2009 after a $35 million renovation.

In a statement, Cheh says complaints about the facility have reached a critical mass and that people should feel safe going to pool.

A representative from the police will be at the hearing to provide an update into the sexual assault investigation.


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