March 2011

Rowing coach jailed for abusing girl of nine in Solihull

A former rowing coach at exclusive Eton College has been jailed for 15 months for sexually abusing a girl of nine in the Midlands.

David Rachel taught rowing at the prestigious school but carried out the ‘repeated’ sex attacks on the girl when he was himself a teenager in Solihull.

Rachel, 45, of Maidenhead, Berkshire, was convicted of four counts of indecent assaults on the girl in the mid-1980s.

Sentencing him at Coventry Crown Court yesterday, Judge Christopher Hodson told him: “This girl was nine when you were abusing her in this fashion.

“Her victim impact statement told how you condemned her to a life of pain, fear, distrust, loneliness and depression.

“She says there is a veil of shame and humiliation over her which never goes away. These offences were a long time ago but their consequences have lasted all that time and will continue to last for her.”

A jury previously heard Rachel left Eton “by agreement” after his arrest in January last year. He was detained after his victim contacted the school.

Rachel was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register and was banned from working with under-16s without police permission.