Children's sports coach guilty of sex with 14-year-old girl

First published in News Warrington Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A SPORTS coach of a children’s rugby team has been found guilty of having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Robert Blore, aged 36, of Ash Grove, Latchford, was convicted after trial at Warrington Crown Court on Friday.

The jury found him guilty of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.

Blore had denied having any sexual contact with his victim, but key evidence centred on a Super League match between St Helens and Hull FC at the Stobart Stadium on August 12 last year.

Sky footage showed the defendant, who has his own children, kissing the teenager and putting his hand on the inside of her leg.

When giving evidence he said: “There was no significance about it. I tapped her on the leg for a second, two at the most. I was celebrating a drop goal.”

But Maria Masselis, prosecuting, said Blore, who coaches at Latchford Albion, was besotted with the girl.

She said: “He was constantly hugging her, kissing her on the mouth and telling her that he loved her.”

The court heard he would call her ‘gorgeous’, ‘fit’ and ‘babe’.

The defendant groomed his victim by taking her to days out to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and paying for her to go to an N-Dubz gig.

On another occasion he kissed her in bushes at Blackbear park while walking his dog. He also added her on Facebook.

When on a family holiday to Turkey in June 2011 he gave the girl an iPad so he could message her while away.

The court heard that messages were later found on the notepad application on his iPhone sent to ‘sexy commander’.

Ms Masselis said it was a nickname for his victim and she called him ‘sexy soldier’ in return.

Blore then coerced his victim into having sex with him at his home address in July, when the court heard she cried, but the matter was not reported to police until August.

The court heard that the teenager initially responded to Blore’s affections before becoming uncomfortable when he pressed her for sex.

He was arrested on September 21 last year but denied all allegations and said ‘don’t be ridiculous, I’m CRB checked, I teach rugby to children’.

But Blore was convicted last Friday. He is due to be sentenced on Tuesday.

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8:38am Sat 17 Nov 12

latchford1 says...

- after speaking with the RFL and taking advice from their solicitor the club would like to issue the following statement:

A spokesman for Latchford Albion said: “The RFL immediately imposed a suspension order on Robert Blore following his arrest on August 30, 2011. “Mr Blore resigned from Latchford Albion shortly afterwards and has had no association or involvement with the club since. “The club would like to place on record its disappointment and disgust at the actions of this individual and to offer a reassurance that Latchford Albion will continue to take every possible step to ensure the safety of its players and members.”
- after speaking with the RFL and taking advice from their solicitor the club would like to issue the following statement: A spokesman for Latchford Albion said: “The RFL immediately imposed a suspension order on Robert Blore following his arrest on August 30, 2011. “Mr Blore resigned from Latchford Albion shortly afterwards and has had no association or involvement with the club since. “The club would like to place on record its disappointment and disgust at the actions of this individual and to offer a reassurance that Latchford Albion will continue to take every possible step to ensure the safety of its players and members.” latchford1
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9:13am Sat 17 Nov 12

SickAndTired2 says...

Seems that this peado filth pervades every level of society..... From top MPs to TV celebs and the very people responsible for safeguarding children themselves...

It's about time the people of this country took up arms brought this whole bull**** system crashing down.
Seems that this peado filth pervades every level of society..... From top MPs to TV celebs and the very people responsible for safeguarding children themselves... It's about time the people of this country took up arms brought this whole bull**** system crashing down. SickAndTired2
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8:08pm Sat 17 Nov 12

mjmmjm says...

The convicted individual was an assistant coach at a rugby club and worked within child protection guidelines. He was never unsupervised with the 7 year old boys he was coaching. There is no suggestion of any assaults at the rugby club or any way the rugby club would know about his behaviour away from the club. The victim had no involvement with the club, the assaults took place away from the club. It is therefore unclear why the rugby club was mentioned at all.
To allege that children are at risk is a very serious claim that the original poster should substantiate or withdraw.
The convicted individual was an assistant coach at a rugby club and worked within child protection guidelines. He was never unsupervised with the 7 year old boys he was coaching. There is no suggestion of any assaults at the rugby club or any way the rugby club would know about his behaviour away from the club. The victim had no involvement with the club, the assaults took place away from the club. It is therefore unclear why the rugby club was mentioned at all. To allege that children are at risk is a very serious claim that the original poster should substantiate or withdraw. mjmmjm
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9:04pm Sat 17 Nov 12

SAC_in_Warrington says...

Thank you for re-emphasising the facts that the individual in question did not commit the reported offences whilst engaging with any activities associated with Latchford Albion Rugby Club. I am pleased to hear that The Club has a Child Protection Policy and I assume that it is available to all parents and staff, that it forms part of the recruitment and appointment and monitoring process for those who have direct contact with children up to the age of 18 years and is part of the risk management process such as those associated with health and safety and financial risk management at the Latchford Albion Rugby Club.
Thank you for re-emphasising the facts that the individual in question did not commit the reported offences whilst engaging with any activities associated with Latchford Albion Rugby Club. I am pleased to hear that The Club has a Child Protection Policy and I assume that it is available to all parents and staff, that it forms part of the recruitment and appointment and monitoring process for those who have direct contact with children up to the age of 18 years and is part of the risk management process such as those associated with health and safety and financial risk management at the Latchford Albion Rugby Club. SAC_in_Warrington
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