Lincoln badminton coach who abused 13 young boys jailed for 20 years

A former Lincoln badminton coach was sentenced today, February 12, to 20 years in prison after carrying out “heinous” sexual assaults on boys over a period of 18 years.

Lincoln Crown Court was told that Timothy Mawer targeted teenagers he met while exercising in schools and youth clubs.

Mawer met other victims through his employment as a youth worker and through a shared interest in trainspotting.

He committed more than 60 attacks on 13 different boys. His victims told the court how their lives had been shattered.

Some later considered making attempts on their own lives, while others suffered from significant mental health problems for years. Some of the victims turned to drugs or alcohol and ended up with criminal records.

One described Mawer in a victim statement as a “master manipulator”. The man said: “He became friends with me and my family. He portrayed himself as a near-perfect character.”

Timothy Mawer, 52, formerly of Long Beach, Long Beach Road, Haventhorpe Park Holiday Centre, Cleethorpes, admitted to a total of 27 charges of indecent assault on a male between 1985 and 2003. He was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison.

Mawer received an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and a lifetime ban from working with children and vulnerable individuals. He was also placed on the sex offender registry for life.

Judge Simon Hirst told him at the verdict: “You were a well-known, successful coach. Over a period of 18 years, you abused this position and your ostentatious lifestyle to sexually abuse 13 children between the ages of 13 and 15.

“It is evident that all of the complainants, in their different ways, were deeply affected by your abuse. They did real and permanent damage to every single one of them.

“You harmed each of them for no other reason than to obtain sexual gratification for yourself. A notable aspect of what you did was the humiliation of some of these boys.

“You won them over with kindness, obvious generosity and flashy cars. They have persistently and systematically abused boys over a period of nearly two decades.”

Sam Skinner, prosecutor, told the court: “The defendant’s offense was systematic, persistent, planned and gradually increasing in severity and degradation.

“This was an insult campaign that corrupted the lives of more than a dozen boys. Some of the acts he committed were unusually heinous.

“There are 62 incidents in total. The duration of the offense is approximately 18 years. It started in 1985-1986 and ended in April 2003. Some were as young as 13 years old. The rest were about 14 years old when this defendant violated them.

“This defendant worked as a freelance sports trainer and taught badminton. He taught adults and children. When he worked with children, he held a position of trust. He was a successful coach who was well known at home and abroad.

“He trained in schools and youth clubs. He made friends with many boys between the ages of 12 and 16. He also frequented the Lincoln train station, where he befriended boys doing trainspotting.

“He chose those he could influence and nurture. Depending on the boy, this care lasted weeks and months. He gave these guys his time, attention and money. They were impressed by his fast cars and his clothes.”

Mr Skinner said that Mawer singled out victims and pretended to be her friend. He nursed her and invited her to his home. There they were persuaded to play cards with Mawer, who then instituted pawns on the loser, leading to sexual acts.

A police investigation began in January 2016 after one of the victims filed a complaint and the subsequent investigation led to other victims being located.

The court was told Mawer was originally due to be sentenced in November 2019, but based on media reports, six more victims came forward, leading to additional charges against the defendant. He was due to appear before a jury over the rest of the matter earlier this week, but changed his pleas.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, for Mawer, said he used to be of good character and was remorseful and ashamed of what he did.

He said: “This insult started when he was young himself. The last offense was 18 years ago.

“During this period, Mr. Mawer was a badminton coach of considerable repute and success. He has taught many thousands of students at home and abroad.”

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