May 2019

Boxing coach used young teenage girl as his ‘sexual plaything’

A former boxing coach treated an underage girl as his “sexual plaything” , a court was told.

Robert Moseley’s victim was a young teenager when the regular assaults happened.

During one period Moseley sexually assaulted the girl several times a week.

But when she got up the courage to go to the police he denied what she said and she was forced to give evidence during a trial at Leicester Crown Court .

The trial ended earlier this month with Moseley being found guilty of two counts of sexual assault. Those two charges relate to hundreds of separate incidents.

Moseley (55), of Bowhill Grove, Thurnby Lodge , Leicester, was back at Leicester Crown Court for sentencing on Friday, where Judge Timothy Spencer jailed him.

The judge said the sex assaults had happened roughly five times a week over 18 months.

He said: “This was an assault upon a vulnerable victim and happened with a worrying frequency – it was all the time. You thought you could use her as some sort of sexual plaything.

“It’s not surprising this has had a huge impact upon her.

“You derived sexual gratification from this.

“This was a young woman going through puberty. It is a truly awful thing that you visited upon her.

“I’ve detected no remorse in you. You have more than a degree of arrogance about you.”

‘There has been a suicide attempt’

Earlier in the hearing, Moseley’s barrister, Helen Johnson, told the judge her client had tried to kill himself as a result of the allegations, which he continues to deny.

She said: “There’s nothing I can say about the offences as his position remains as it was.

“He was arrested on April 16, 2017, and has had to live with this hanging over him.

“Mr Moseley’s life ended as he had known it. He has suffered from some mental health issues and there has been a suicide attempt.”

During his sentencing speech, Judge Spencer told Moseley he had extended the torment for his accuser as well: “You say this has hung over you for two years – it has hung over her for two years.

“You fought the trial in front of a jury and put her through having to relive all of this.”

He jailed Moseley for two-and-a-half years and imposed a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.

‘I imagined outing him at his funeral’

Moseley’s victim, speaking after the sentencing, told LeicestershireLive the pain she had been through was made much worse by Moseley’s denial.

She said: “Back when it was happening I couldn’t tell anyone because I was just a kid and I didn’t think anyone would believe me – he’d deny it all and everyone would call me a liar.”

She said back then her mental health was already bad and she had no friends and no social life.

“It was terrible because I could see no way out of it.

“When it was happening, the only end to it I could imagine was waiting till he died and outing him at his funeral.”

The woman said she finally went to the police after beginning to fear Moseley would do the same thing to another victim.

She said: “Later on my mental health started getting really bad and I was panicking about what he might do to other kids.

“I came forward about this because I couldn’t let him do it to someone else – I had to limit his access to kids.”