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#505738 - 20th Apr 2011 6:55pm Wallasey gym coach charged over child touching
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A MERSEYSIDE gym coach was charged by police with two counts of the sexual touching of children.
Jeff Rimmer, 46, was charged this week after a police investigation lasting more than a year.
A well-known figure on the Wirral gymnastics scene, Mr Rimmer previously ran two coaching companies – J&S Rimmer Gymnastics, which used to be J Rimmer Gymnastics.
J&S Rimmer has now changed its name to New Brighton School of Gymnastics, after Mr Rimmer resigned as a director in February.
Operating out of the St Andrews Community Centre, on Rake Lane, Wallasey, the New Brighton club is now run by his daughter – former champion gymnast Stephanie.
Mr Rimmer, of Westbourne Road, Wallasey, trained his daughter as she became British tumbling champion and took home more than 125 medals during her career.
The first allegation he faces was made last March to British Gymnastics, the national body for the sport, who informed Wallasey Gymnastics Club, where Mr Rimmer had volunteered as a coach for many years.
The club’s board then took the decision to suspend the coach pending the outcome of the police investigation.
During that inquiry, the second allegation of inappropriate behaviour was made.


Wallasey Gymnastics Club have said the allegations have nothing to do with them and have since moved from their former home in Rake Lane to another community centre in the area to distance themselves from the allegations.
The first allegation is that Mr Rimmer inappropriately touched a boy under the age of 13. The second charge relates to a girl under the age of 16. It is alleged she was touched in March, 2009.
Mr Rimmer was charged on Monday night when he went to Wallasey police station to answer his bail.
He was given conditional bail and ordered to appear at Wirral magistrates’ court on May 6 to face the charges.
A Merseyside police spokeswoman said: “Merseyside Police can confirm that 46-year-old Jeffrey Rimmer from Westbourne Road, Wallasey, has been charged with two counts of sexual touching.
“He will appear at Birkenhead Magistrates' Court on Friday, May 6.”



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#505764 - 20th Apr 2011 7:40pm Re: Wallasey gym coach charged over child touching [Re: _Ste_]
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I dont think people should be named until and if proven guilty.
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#505768 - 20th Apr 2011 7:44pm Re: Wallasey gym coach charged over child touching [Re: _Ste_]
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Link please Ste. wink

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#505772 - 20th Apr 2011 7:51pm Re: Wallasey gym coach charged over child touching [Re: _Ste_]
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#505780 - 20th Apr 2011 7:59pm Re: Wallasey gym coach charged over child touching [Re: diggingdeeper]
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you dont see many couches in gyms these days
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#505781 - 20th Apr 2011 8:00pm Re: Wallasey gym coach charged over child touching [Re: RUDEBOX]
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Originally Posted By: RUDEBOX
I dont think people should be named until and if proven guilty.
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Even if he is ultimately found not guilty, his life is now probably ruined regardless. I have to say though, I find myself wondering, how the hell do you coach gymnastics without touching anyone? And if you grab or touch a naughty bit by accident, do you have to end up in jail? Now if he has been doing it on purpose then of course, that is a different matter altogether.. But I still agree this is a bit harsh JUST IN CASE he isn't guilty - they don't do this for other kinds of alleged offenders do they? (Or maybe they do, I don't know - it's a long time since I left the UK...)

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#505782 - 20th Apr 2011 8:01pm Re: Wallasey gym coach charged over child touching [Re: RUDEBOX]
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I dont think people should be named until and if proven guilty.
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#505790 - 20th Apr 2011 8:14pm Re: Wallasey gym coach charged over child touching [Re: RUDEBOX]
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Absolutely,so unjust.If he is proven inocent, mud sticks!
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I dont think people should be named until and if proven guilty.

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#505793 - 20th Apr 2011 8:18pm Re: Wallasey gym coach charged over child touching [Re: RUDEBOX]
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I dont think people should be named until and if proven guilty.


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charged this week after a police investigation lasting more than a year.


They don`t make mistakes that easily i`m afraid.
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#505818 - 20th Apr 2011 8:41pm Re: Wallasey gym coach charged over child touching [Re: _Ste_]
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Originally Posted By: _Ste_
Originally Posted By: RUDEBOX
I dont think people should be named until and if proven guilty.


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charged this week after a police investigation lasting more than a year.


They don`t make mistakes that easily i`m afraid.


statements are taken by the police from any witnesses and accused, these are then sent to the cps, if the cps then think there is approx a 60% chance of a conviction then charges can be laid.

the police and cps do not take matters like this lightly.

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#505829 - 20th Apr 2011 8:48pm Re: Wallasey gym coach charged over child touching [Re: _Ste_]
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OK maybe but it's got nothing to do with how long the Police investigate for, that is not how we decide guilt or innocence. They and or the DPP only have to decide if there is enough evidence to take it to court and they often are not sure they wil get a conviction. Unusual though it may seem, it is not excatly unheard of that someone gets found "not guilty"...

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#505842 - 20th Apr 2011 8:55pm Re: Wallasey gym coach charged over child touching [Re: _Ste_]
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Should the title read 'coach'? Had me very confused frown
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#505855 - 20th Apr 2011 9:07pm Re: Wallasey gym coach charged over child touching [Re: _Ste_]
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i was a coach once but got fed up of carrying people
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#506039 - 21st Apr 2011 9:48am Re: Wallasey gym coach charged over child touching [Re: jabber_Ish]
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you dont see many couches in gyms these days


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#506172 - 21st Apr 2011 1:37pm Re: Wallasey gym coach charged over child touching [Re: GrandMasterFlash]
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My daughter goes to another gymnastics club based in Wirral. And I have to be honest one of our head coaches is male, and I can honestly say hand on heart I have never ever seen him touch any of the girls....even when helping them do a certain "gymnastic move". I have seen him stand back and get one of the female coaches to stand in for him, so I know for a fact that our head coach would not put himself in that position, and I think maybe the person in question should not have put himself in that postition either, considering the current child protection programs that are in place these days.

We have other coaches that are female and they do help "support/touch" the girls when they are attempting moves that can not achieve on their own.

In this day and age no one is allowed to touch a child in any way. My daugher fell over in the playground at school, and cut her knee she had to clean it up herself, because the teachers are not allowed to do it.

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