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Former head coach of the Towson University swim team has been banned by USA Swimming,

The former head coach of the Towson University swim team has been banned by USA Swimming, the organization that governs competitive swimming in the United States.

Officials of the organization said Pat Mead, who coached at Towson for 16 years until his resignation in 2015, violated the organization's code of conduct and would be permanently banned from any USA Swimming-sanctioned event.

The ban was posted this week on the USA Swimming website. Scott Leightman, communications director for USA Swimming, said in an email that the violations occurred between 2002 and 2008. He declined to offer details, saying they were confidential.

Mead has not been charged with a crime, according to court records and the Baltimore County state's attorney's office.

Attempts to reach him for comment were unsuccessful.

Leightman said Mead's ban is not related to the February ban his wife, Maureen Mead, received after she pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court to a "peeping Tom" offense.

Members of the university women's swimming and diving team had reported finding a smartphone recording them in their locker room. That case was investigated by university police, and Maureen Mead, then coach of the diving team, was charged with interception of communication, peeping Tom and altering evidence, according to online court records.

After her guilty plea she received three years' probation before judgment. She no longer coaches at the school.

Towson University officials said they learned Pat Mead was also placed on USA Swimming's banned list after it was posted June 7. Raymond Feldmann, university communications director, said the school has had no complaints against Pat Mead from any current or previous students.

He added that university officials are investigating the issue now that USA Swimming has instituted its ban.

Baltimore Sun reporters Justin Fenton, Alison Knezevich and Pamela Wood contributed to this article.

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