Tuesday 20 March 2018

Ex-Olympic swim coach jailed for child abuse

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FORMER Olympic swim coach Ger Doyle has been handed a six-and-a-half year jail term for abusing children.

He has already served one year and 20 days of the sentence.

Judge Alice Doyle said the ex-swim coach used his position to sexually assault and manipulate children.

The offences against the five children were committed over a period of ten years, were carefully planned and "required secrecy" she said.

Doyle - the former manager of New Ross pool in county Wexford- who rose through the ranks to become Irish and Olympic team coach, was convicted by a jury at Kilkenny Circuit Court today.

There was an audible sigh of relief from his victims, who are now adults, when the jury unanimously found Doyle guilty on all 34 counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault.

The charges related to the abuse of children during the years from 1981 to 1993.

In 2010, Doyle (51) of Emmet Place, in Wexford, was jailed for six-and-a-half years for these offences but was sensationally released on bail on a legal technicality last year while a retrial was ordered.

The latest trial heard of how he punished children who misbehaved at the swimming pool by abusing them in the boiler room or his office at New Ross swimming pool.

Doyle showed no remorse and pleaded his innocence throughout accusing the victims of telling "a pack of lies".

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