January 2018

Convicted paedophile found guilty of abusing young boys again

A tennis coach who abused his position by sexually assaulting a student has been given a suspended jail sentence – two decades after he was jailed for the same offence.

Colin Sherlock, 60, was sentenced this week for grooming a student to the point where the victim accepted a massage, allowing him to carry out the assault. The offence happened over a decade ago.

Sherlock, from Hindhead in Surrey, groomed his victim by buying tennis clothes for him and paying his entry fees for competitions. After carrying out the message on a mattress in his flat, Sherlock assaulted the boy.

Last week Sherlock pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual assault and was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court to 10 months, suspended for 24 months. He was also made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for a period of 10 years.

Tina Stewartson, the investigating officer on the case, described Sherlock as “predatory” and said he had ruined the victim’s childhood.

The sentence comes 21 years after Sherlock was jailed for 15 months, having pleaded guilty to seven charge of indecently assaulting boys aged between 12 and 15.

Prosecutors working on that case said Sherlock had told police he himself had been abused while working for British Rail as a 16-year-old, and had gone on to engage in oral sex with an older man in Surbiton.

The court heard that he had been fined for committing indecent acts with children back in 1979, when he was in his early 20s, and that he enjoyed pushing the muscles of young boys when he worked as a football and tennis coach in Guildford.

It was even revealed that Sherlock made some of the boys lie on a couch at his flat, where he would touch the base of their spine and even remove their boxer shorts.

Judge John Bull QC said the offences were so serious that only a custodial sentence was appropriate.

December 1997

Sex abuse sports coach sent to jail

Colin Sherlock, 40, of Dunmore, Park Barn, Guildford, pleaded guilty to seven charges of indecently assaulting boys aged between 12 and 15 over a period from March 1996 to February this year, when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Monday.

Selwyn Shapiro, prosecuting, said that after Sherlocks arrest for the indecent assaults he told police that as an immature 16-year-old he worked for British Rail at Wimbledon where two older male colleagues fondled him and initially he was frightened.

Then he moved to Surbiton where an older employee engaged in oral sex with him.

He told police that he tried to put all these experiences behind him, said Mr Shapiro.

But he became acquainted with two women who had several children who he used to take to watch trains at Frimley. He committed indecent acts with those children and as a result was convicted at Camberley Magistrates Court in August 1979 of 16 offences of indecency. He was fined.

Sherlock told the police that as a result of that he had built up a steel or elastic band around himself and sometimes that particular boundary he had created for himself was tested by pushing the muscles of young boys he came into contact with.

That happened when he became involved in the management and training of a Guildford boys football team. At the same time he was responsible for the coaching and training of youngsters at a tennis club.

He told the police that he found some of the boys in both clubs sexually attractive. Later he said he was sexually aroused by tapping on the boys backs.

Mr Shapiro said in some instances the boys were persuaded to lie on a couch at Sherlocks flat and he would touch the base of their spine with some sort of instrument and in some cases remove their boxer shorts. He told some of the boys he needed to test their muscle area but the indecent activities he was carrying out were to satisfy his own sexual desire, said Mr Shapiro.

Kenneth Clarke, defending, said Sherlock was a man who needed treatment and prison would never secure or cure and prevent similar offences in the future.

He suggested that attendance at a probation sexual offender programme would be more likely to lead to no more similar offences being committed in the future.

However, Judge John Bull QC, told Sherlock: These were indecent assaults on young boys while you were coaching them in football and tennis. You had a high degree of trust from their parents. The offences are so serious only a custodial sentence can be justified.

He jailed Sherlock for 15 months.