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Kickboxer who raped pupils jailed

David Prosser
The true number of Prosser's victims may never be known

A kickboxing coach who used his position of trust to sexually abuse children over a period of two decades has been jailed for 21 years.

David Prosser, 50, of Trowbridge, Wiltshire, was convicted of 51 offences, including four rapes, at Isleworth Crown Court in London.

The children were targeted at makeshift kickboxing clubs in his home town and in London between 1980 and 2000.

Judge Jonathan Lowen said his victims, mostly boys, were left "broken".

Prosser, a father-of-two and former bouncer, would single out a would-be victim from his clubs at schools and community centres in Trowbridge and west London.

They were invited for one-to-one tuition at his home, where, "away from prying eyes", he would bribe them with cigarettes, alcohol and cannabis.

They have lived under the dark shadow that their first sexual experiences stained their memories with disgust
Judge Lowen

An exercise regime was then used to make a "seamless transition" to abuse.

Judge Lowen said: "They were boys you could most easily beguile by your charisma and who would be vulnerable to your purpose.

"Each in turn was baited, hooked and played at your will."

He continued: "Since then they have lived under the dark shadow that their first sexual experiences stained their memories with shame, disgust, fear and anger.

"This court has heard shocking accounts of lives broken by what you did for your own sexual gratification."

Prosser was convicted for attacking 20 boys and a girl aged between nine and 13, although police fear there may be more victims who they have urged to come forward.

'Tactical stance'

Prosser was caught years after the offences when one of his victims, by then an adult, came forward to police.

Officers then contacted others he had taught - and said it felt "like every time someone else was approached, another victim was uncovered".

Prosser pleaded guilty to nine sexual offences in what Judge Lowen described as a "tactical stance".

The court convicted him of a further 42 offences, including four rapes and two attempted rapes.

One victim wrote in a victim impact statement: "I got voices in my head telling me I was going to be a paedophile when I was older.

"But I am not going to do it."

After talking to police he had a nervous breakdown, before recovering in a psychiatric ward.

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