In the world of competitive fencing, Jack Mullarkey and his 3MB Fencing Club trained students of all ages in the Greater Boston area for years.
All of that is now in doubt, after USA Fencing suspended his membership earlier this month and ordered him to stay away from children.
But the sport’s governing body did not give a specific reason. And the Essex District Attorney’s office would not confirm or deny if there is an ongoing investigation.
NBC10 Boston was unable to reach Mullarkey for comment, but his brother Ed Mullarkey says this suspension is unfair and frustrating.
He says the fallout has ruined their reputations and the business.
"Because all the coaching (fencing) programs were done in schools, all the schools have to terminate any time there's an investigation," Mullarkey says.
Mullarkey says his brother has never been accused of any type of misconduct, let alone with children.
3MB Fencing rented space from the Waring School in Beverly and primarily ran the program after school hours.
The headmaster sent out a statement saying, “Upon becoming aware of Mr. Mullarkey’s suspension from USA Fencing, Waring terminated the club’s use of the gym.”
For now, the investigation into the coach is being handled by SafeSport. No one there answered NBC10 Boston's questions either, but the national organization’s website says it’s been entrusted with the authority to respond to reports of sexual misconduct.
"Let it play out and see what happens. that's the fairest thing to do," says Mullarkey.
3MB Fencing says its students will continue with their training at Tanner City Fencers Club in Peabody.