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.”