Colin Sherlock: Convicted paedophile found guilty of abusing young boys again

Colin Sherlock was jailed back in the mid-1990s

Colin Sherlock was jailed back in the mid-1990s

Thursday, January 25, 2018

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.

Repeat offence

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.

Kenneth Clarke, defending Sherlock in the case, said he needed treatment and only a probation sexual offender programme would stop him abusing children in the future. However Judge John Bull QC said the offences were so serious that only a custodial sentence was appropriate.