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A GYM coach accused of sexually assaulting a boy and girl wept as details of his police interview were read out in court.
Jeff Rimmer, founder of Wallasey Gymnastics Club, is alleged to have offered a teenager £20 to let him touch her breasts. And, in another incident, the 46-year-old was accused of touching a boy’s groin. He denies both allegations.
The first was made in March 2010 – some time after the incident was alleged to have happened – when the girl is said to have told coaching staff.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reason, said he lay down beside her on a safety mat, then sat astride her and massaged her shoulders. It is claimed he later blackmailed her into not telling by saying he would tell her mum she had sex.
In police interview Rimmer said: “I swear down on my daughter’s life, which I would never swear down on, this is a load of baloney.”
He said the girl was jealous of his daughter, who could do more complex gymnastics exercises.
After details of Rimmer’s arrest were printed in the ECHO, a boy came forward to say he had touched him and threatened him not to tell because he knew where he lived.