Former PE teacher and Athletics Coach faces trial for 14 counts of child sex abuse

A FORMER Hampshire PE teacher and athletics coach “abused his position” in order to sexually assault five different girls, including some as young as 11, a court heard.

Richard Hilary, 66, would “test the boundaries” of girls in his care by touching their breasts while dancing or, in one case, pushing snow down their bra, before encouraging them to engage in sexual activity with him.

Winchester Crown Court heard Hilary incited several girls to perform oral sex on him during trips out in his car.

Married Hilary denies 14 counts of indecent assault against five girls under the age of 16 when he was a teacher at The Wavell School in Farnborough and a coach at Winchester Athletics Club.

He also spent 12 years as headteacher of Chamberlayne Park School in Southampton – after the alleged offences took place.

Rob Welling, prosecuting, said a number of alleged victims came forward after Hilary, of Droxford, was cleared of indecent assault against a child after a trial in May 2014.

Mr Welling said: “As both a PE teacher and as an athletics coach, the defendant cultivated completely inappropriate relationships with a number of young girls.

He abused his position in both of these roles in order to indecently assault highly impressionable underage girls, who had a right to expect he would behave properly around them.”

One of the alleged victims sent an email to the prosecutor in the 2014 case and, through a “carefully crafted” questionnaire, other victims were identified.

The allegations in the 2014 case were made by a woman who claims she was indecently assaulted by Hilary on a number of occasions while she was a member of the athletics club.

In diary entries read in court, she said she had a “smoochy dance” with Hilary at a party and he made reference to bringing mistletoe for a “Christmas kiss”.

Mr Welling said: “The explanation was accepted, though no doubt with words of advice. This was just an excuse to explain something that had more sinister motives.”

Hilary gave prepared statements to police in relation to a number of the offences and denied all of them.

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