Former Worthing gym teacher, 66, is in prison

A former gymnastics teacher who systematically groomed and abused some of his students, some as young as eight, has been jailed.

Norman Hogbin, of Brougham Road, Worthing, has been sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of 11 counts of sexually assaulting four children.

The 66-year-old worked as a gym teacher in the 1990s and early 2000s.

The court heard how he systematically groomed his gymnastics students and other young girls over many years by buying them gifts, giving them preferential treatment and befriending their parents.

After gaining the parents’ trust, Hogbin took advantage of his position by sexually assaulting the young girls on numerous occasions over the course of time.

Some of them were only eight years old when the abuse began.

The Argus: Norman Hogbin has been in prison for seven yearsNorman Hogbin has been in prison for seven years (Image: Sussex Police)

The court heard he had previously been convicted of sexually assaulting young female students.

In addition to imprisonment, he will also face an indefinite order to prevent sexual harm.

Hogbin was sentenced at Chichester Crown Court on Wednesday after being found guilty after a 12-day trial at Reading Crown Court.

Detective Sergeant Michaela Haddock said: “My colleagues and I have nothing but the utmost admiration for the four women involved in this case.

“They have shown unflagging courage and incredible strength to speak up about what they have been through and the impact it has had on their lives, not just in court but throughout this investigation.

“You are simply remarkable and I am incredibly pleased that your courage to come forward has led to the convictions put forward today.

“I hope this brings them the conclusion they have needed and deserved for so many years. Abuse is abuse no matter when it happened.

“If you have been a victim of abuse please do not hesitate to contact us, you will be taken seriously and assisted by specially trained officers. You can make a report to Sussex Police online or call 101.” Former Worthing gym teacher, 66, is in prison

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