Convicted Former Sports Coach Faces new Sexual Abuse Charges

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Michael Green, who is now 80 years old, was already serving a prison sentence for sexual offences when he was found guilty of further abuse towards young boys as far back as fifty years ago. After initially denying these new charges, he was found guilty and after a nine-day trial was sentenced to 17 years and six months in prison.

These new charges have been brought as a result of abuse that was carried out against four more boys aged 13-16 years old between 1973 and 1993. These survivors came forward to the police after hearing about Michael Green’s initial conviction.

We commend the courage it must have taken for the survivors of this horrific abuse to speak out, and we hope this new sentencing provides a sense of closure for them after dealing with the aftermath of Michael Green’s actions for all these years.

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How was the Abuse Allowed to Happen?

One of the most disturbing aspects of this case is the way in which Michael Green gained the trust of young boys and their families. The Court heard how one of the boys he abused regarded him as a “family friend” before being abused by him in his own home.

Detective Constable Nikki Thiim from the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit has commented on this element of Michael Green’s abuse, stating: “It is clear that for many years, Green has actively involved himself in families, befriending them, encouraging them to let him involve their sons in sport, giving him access to young and often vulnerable boys, who he systematically abused.”

Unfortunately, we know that abusers often use positions of power to inflict suffering. Michael Green worked as an ice hockey coach in Brighton before moving on to be a sports coach at a boarding school in West Sussex. In both of these roles, he abused multiple children in his care.  

Has Safeguarding in Sports Improved?

In 2006, the government set out ways that organisations and individuals should be safeguarding vulnerable people, including children. This was done with the aim of making abuse and neglect easier to identify and act upon.

More recently, in the case of the convicted football coach Alfie Morel, we’ve seen how safeguarding polices allowed the FA and other authoritative figures to recognise the abuse taking place and take the relevant steps to report it.

Despite this, we know that there are still improvements to be made.

In Michael Green’s case, we saw how he was able to move between clubs and educational settings without detection. According to the athlete-led advocate group, Kyniska Advocacy, this is still a problem within sports.

They have referred to the lack of a “centralised licensing scheme”, meaning that even if an abusive coach receives a lifetime ban from one sport or club, they will not necessarily be banned from all sports and could take up another position.  

How can an Abuse Solicitor Help?

We know how difficult it can be to speak out about any kind of abuse, especially if you’ve been keeping it to yourself for years or even decades. You might be feeling worried about bringing up traumatic memories, or that it’s too late to do anything about the abuse you experienced.

Our Abuse Solicitors have many years of combined experience in helping survivors of non-recent abuse. We understand that every person will have different circumstances and needs, we will tailor our service and communication to make sure you feel as comfortable and supported as possible throughout the claims process.

If you experienced abuse a long time ago, don’t be deterred from pursuing legal action. We’ll work hard to collate as much as evidence as we can to support your claim and help you to access the support and compensation you deserve.

Get in touch for an initial, no obligation conversation with one of our expert Abuse Solicitors.

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