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Trainer put swim girls in trance for sex; DOSSIER SHOCKS IRELAND.

A DAMNING report last night lifted the lid off the horrific level of sex abuse in Irish swimming.

An investigation into the child abuse saga revealed that:

Swimming boss Derry O'Rourke, currently serving 12 years for child abuse, hypnotised kids before raping them

He also demanded oral sex from a 13-year-old girl

Charges of child abuse against another coach, George Gibney, currently living in the United States, were dropped because of the time that had passed.

The evidence against Gibney originated in 1967 when he began abusing an 11-year-old boy.

The attacks took place in clubs where Gibney worked, but no record existed of any complaints.

He also abused an 11-year-old girl in 1968.

A third witness alleged Gibney slept in her bed and abused her while she stayed at his home. When she asked him to stop he slapped her and called her a whore.

He later forced her to perform sex acts on him.

Gibney first had intercourse with the girl when she was 15.

A fourth child was abused by him when he gave her a lift home.

She was 12 at the time and had no idea she was the victim of a crime.

A further witness claimed that she was indecently assaulted her on a club trip

to Holland in 1990 and was raped while on a trip to Florida in 1991.

A sixth witness claimed she was touched up while she was getting a lift home.

The shocking report said: "What is significant in all of these cases is that these swimmers did not complain to their parents or to their clubs.

"Most disturbing was the evidence that some were not aware of the impropriety of the alleged incidents.

"The evidence of one of the witnessses that a previous abuser had suggested she take a lift from the first-named coach was most disturbing."

The report also revealed two allegations made by swimmers against other coaches.

One of the coaches worked in an Irish Amateur Swimming Association (IASA) club where serious sex abuse occurred more than 20 years ago, but no complaint was made to IASA.

The second complaint of child sex abuse occurred in a club not affiliated to IASA, But in both cases the children were said to be very young.

Shockingly, Gibney was given honorary life membership of IASA in 1989.

Gibney was charged with sexual abuse in April of 1993 but in September 1994 the proceedings were dropped after a Supreme Court judgement.

The report faults IASA for not controlling the coach's attendance at swimming events while legal proceedings were on-going.

Some victims claimed Derry O'Rourke walked into girls' shower areas.

The report also blasts IASA for their easy treatment of both Gibney and O'Rourke.
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Author:O'shea, Gary
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 18, 1998
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