Convicted paedophiles

See below members of the sporting community who have been criminally convicted of offences against children.

Bob Bellew, from New Cross London, an internationally renowned gymnastics coach was convicted in 2013 of sexually abusing seven girls as young as 6 years old in his role as a coach at a South London primary school in the 1970’s and as a private coach in the 1980’s.   Surprisingly Bellew was handed a suspended sentence of 15 months despite his guilty plea coming just two weeks before the start of the trial.  A joint statement from some of Bellew’s victims questioned the apparent leniency of the sentence.

Barry Bennell (also known as Richard Jones) a former football coach with Crewe Alexandra, Manchester City and Stoke City has been convicted five times for a prolific campaign of sexual abuse against youth team footballers, and has received a total sentence of 34 years imprisonment.  It is believed that more than 100 victims of Bennell’s abuse have come forward, resulting in convictions on behalf of 22 boys.  It is reported that the CPS has taken the decision not to pursue further prosecutions against Bennell – a decision that has been criticised by The Offside Trust, a group founded and run by survivors of sexual abuse in sport.

Malcolm Blackmore, of Southgate, London was imprisoned for five years for eight counts of “disgusting” indecent assaults against boys as young as 12 years old between 1982 and 1985.  Blackmore had repeatedly groped two boys’ private parts whilst he was employed as an athletics coach at Albany Comprehensive School in Enfield, Middlesex.

Neil Borgeat, of Almondsbury, near Bristol was convicted in 2018 of three counts of indecent assault upon boys aged between 8 and 13.  He was later that year sentenced to an additional year’s imprisonment after further victims came forward following media coverage of the original criminal trial.   Borgeat worked as a Scout Leader  at 4th Boxmoor Scout Group and as a football coach at Emerald Vale Football Club and took advantage of his position within the community to commit the abuse.

Roger Canton, a former swimming teacher from Wrexham was jailed for seven years in 2016 for sexual assaults on a child aged 10 or 11 at the time whilst an instructor at a swimming pool in the Wrexham Area.  He had a previous conviction in 1979 for indecently assaulting another girl at a swimming pool in Chester.

Roy Clarke, a former swimming coach from Aylestone, Leicestershire was jailed for 12 years in 2006 for the sexual abuse of boys and girls dating as far back as World War 2.    The investigation into Clark began after a woman came forward with an allegation of non-recent abuse.  As a result of the investigation, police were able to trace 30 victims of abuse by Clarke who was the Leicester Amateur Swimming Association county coach.

Andrew Cook, was jailed for six years in June 2020 for 37 sexual offences against boys aged between 13 and 17 whilst he was employed as a rowing coach at Hampton School, an independent school in South West London.  Over a nine year period Cook posed as a 16 year old called “Anne Jones” and coerced dozens of teenage pupils at the school to send him explicit pictures.  The offences came to light following an internal inquiry following student complaints.

Thomas Cox, of Bordon, Hampshire, was jailed for seven years on 2018 for 12 counts of sexual assaults upon two girls aged 11 and 16.  One victim was a student at his mother’s dance school where he taught and another was at the independent school where he was employed as a trainee teacher.  Neither the dance club nor the school can be named due to the risk of identifying Cox’s victims.

Christopher Flavin, a former Bristol teacher at Monks Park School, was jailed initially in 2007 for “sickening” sexual offences against young boys as young as 10 years old committed when he was chairman and coach at Gordano Valley Giants Football Club, Portishead.  Following his release from prison he was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which has seen him charged twice for breaching the terms of the order, most recently in June 2021 when he was found on the grounds of a secondary school in Crickhowell, Wales.

Michael Green, of Hove, East Sussex was imprisoned for 9 years in 2014 and a further 12 years in 2018 for sexual offences against 11 young boys dating back to the 1980’s.  Green’s first known victim was a boy at the now defunct Havant Cycle Speedway Club.  The offences for which he was convicted took place when he was head coach at Brighton Ice Hockey Club and as a cricket coach at Windlesham House School, Washington, West Sussex.  It is reported that Green was a friend and mentor of notorious murderer Roy Whiting during their time at Crawley Tigers Speedway Club.

Neil Harris was jailed 5 years in January 2018 and again in June 2020 for 8 years for historic sexual offences which were perpetrated by him during the 50 years he taught dance at the Ann Harris School of Dance in Birmingham.  Harris’ abuse first came to light in 2015 when a victim came forward to police.  During the investigation, police were “astounded” at the number of witnesses who came forward who also turned out to be victims of Harris’ sexual assaults.   The second trial in June 2020 took place after more victims came forward.  Police believe that the true number of Harris’ victims could be higher.

Richard Hilary was imprisoned for 15 years after being found guilty of 14 counts of indecent assault against five girls.  The offences took place at Wavell School, Farnborough and Winchester Athletics Club, where he was employed as a PE teacher and sports coach in the 1970’s/80’s where he abused his position of power to carry out the abuse.   His conviction was assisted by the diaries of his victims which all gave “compelling evidence” as to his guilt.

Paul Hickson, who was a British Olympic swimming coach and Britain’s chief coach at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988 was jailed for 17 years in 1995 on 15 counts of rape and sexual assault upon young members of his swimming squads.  The abuse was carried out over a 15 year period between 1976 and 1991 when he ran training clubs at Norwich and University College, Swansea.

Chetin Hussyin was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment in 2018 at Blackfriars Crown Court after being found guilty of sexual offences against 3 boys in the 1970’s / 80’s.  Hussyin worked as an under 16’s football coach on Turnpike Lane Haringey, London where he used his position of power to sexually abuse 3 boys aged 16, 14 and 8.

Ted Langford was a scout for Aston Villa FC and Leicester City during the 1970’s / 80’s.  He was imprisoned in 2007 for sexual assaults against four young players between 1976 and 1989.  He died in 2012.  It is reported that both clubs have settled civil claims for undisclosed compensation arising from Langford’s actions but without an admission of liability.

Martin James O’Hara was a freelance Gymnastics coach for 25 years working in various places in Sussex.  Following allegations first made in 2013, O’Hara was investigated by Police and eventually sentenced to six years imprisonment in 2015 (reduced on appeal to 4 years) for eight counts of sexual assault against two teenage girls.

Daniel Saunders, a former tennis coach from Wrexham admitted seven counts of sexual activity with a child in 2017 and was sentenced to six years imprisonment.  Saunders had taken advantage of his position as a coach at Wrexham Tennis Centre to groom and abuse the girl despite there being previous serious concerns which resulted in a “seriously flawed” investigation by Wrexham Tennis Centre in 2012 which resulted in no action being taken.

Neil Selway, a swimming coach from Devon was sentenced to six year years imprisonment in 2006 for six counts of sexual offences against a seven year old girl, including rape.  Selway gained the trust of the girl’s family acting as her swimming teacher at a swimming pool in East Devon, also becoming the girl’s babysitter enabling to further his offending.

Michael Strange, of Newcastle upon Tyne, was jailed for six years in 2012 and three years in 2016 for the sexual abuse of boys whilst he was a cricket coach. Most recently Strange received a further term of four and a half years for nine counts of sexual abuse against boys who were coached by him at Durham and Bill Quay Cricket Club.

Colin Stratton, of Swindon, was sentenced in 1997 to 6 years imprisonment for the rape of a boy under 16, and again in 2014 for 8 years for the abuse of a boy who attended his karate classes and most recently in February 2021 where he was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment for nine counts of gross indecency spanning a period between 1984 and 1992.

Peter Wells of Cheshunt, Herts was convicted of 7 counts of indecent assault and five counts of gross indecency which took place between 1974 and 1992 against children aged between 8 and 13 years old.  The abuse was carried out whilst he was a teacher at Keble Preparatory School and a Scout Leader in Edmonton.  He was also, during this period, an athletics coach for Enfield and Haringey Athletics.

Paul Whelan, an ex-football coach from Lancashire was sentenced to three years three months imprisonment in 2017 for indecent assaults against two boys aged 8-10 and 14-15 years old.  Whelan coached a junior football team in Thornton, Lancs between 1975-1977 where the first offences took place and then another team in Thornton in the mid 1990’s where further offences took place where he was a coach and manager.

Michael Williams, of Falmouth was jailed for eight and a half years in 2010 for offences against children where he used social media to set up various fake profiles to groom children and also used his position as a secretary at Falmouth Town FC to groom and abuse two girls there.  His offending spanned a nine year period in various other settings and he was jailed again in 2019 for an extended sentence of 18 years, in which he will spend 12 years in custody and 6 further years on licence.