Philip Banning ,68 of Penhow, South Wales a former British athletics coach pleaded guilty to 18 indecent assault charges against four girls, three aged under 16 and one as young as 11 dating back to the late 1970s and early 1980’s and has been jailed for seven and a half years.
Judge, Keith Cutler, said:
“You were responsible for a grave abuse of trust. I am absolutely sure they must have idolised you, a very well-known young athlete, and what you were doing to those four was grooming them, abusing your position, seeking them as your sexual relief.”
He has ordered Banning to be put on the sex offenders register for life.
Banning, targeted youngsters who were his favourites and whom he gave special treatment to whilst working as a coach for Andover athletics club. He would hold parties at his home where he would take some of his victims into a dark room he had set up and where he would kiss and grope them. Giving sports massages whilst his wife was in another room.
One of his victims, to whom Banning sent a Valentine’s card when she was 12, told the court:
“I was left abused, violated and confused, still too young and innocent to understand the significance of this. I was also left with the most destructive of feelings, shame.”
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