Thai boxing coach was considered a ‘god’ in the sport – but he was unmasked as a paedophile
‘Well-respected’ Keith Nathan, 59, taught ‘thousands’ of children across Greater Manchester – he used his position to sexually abuse two girls
A ‘well-respected’ Thai boxing coach used his position to sexually abuse two girls, a court heard.
Keith Nathan, 59, taught ‘thousands’ of children across Greater Manchester.
He was considered a ‘god’ in the sport up until his arrest in 2015, police said.
He is now behind bars after being sentenced to six years in jail following a trial in which he was found guilty of 17 counts of indecent assault against two girls.
Police launched an investigation after a complaint was made against Nathan dating back to the 1970s.
Minshull Street Crown Court heard how Nathan, who maintains his innocence, became a trusted family friend to both victims.
He taught at gyms in Trafford and Manchester .
Nathan’s first victim bravely took to the witness box to face him and read out a victim impact statement.
She said: “This man has not shown one ounce of decency or remorse. He only sees himself as a victim.”
Speaking about how he gained her parents’ trust, the woman added: “They welcomed him into our home and he made them believe he was looking after me.”
In fact, Nathan used his position to abuse her over a three-year period in the 1980s, when she was a teenager.
She was talented, which may have been what initially attracted Nathan to her, the court was told.
“You had other matters in mind as time went on,” Judge Maurice Greene told the disgraced coach.
The court heard Nathan first came to know the girl when she was training in judo, before she took an interest in Thai boxing.
He forced the girl to perform sexual acts at a number of locations, including when he took her away to sporting events.
The second victim was abused by Nathan as a teenager in the 2000s, and he became a close family friend.
He was her Thai boxing trainer. He also abused her at sporting events and other locations.
The victim said she felt Nathan had ‘betrayed’ her and spoke of the difficulties in giving evidence at the trial.
Sending Nathan down, Judge Greene said: “The offences took place when you abused your position as a very well-respected and highly thought of Thai boxing coach.”
He said that Nathan has now lost his reputation.
Nathan, of Park Gate Road, Timperley , must also comply with a sexual harm prevention order.
Detective Constable Vickie Burgess of GMP’s Public Protection Investigation Unit, said: “Despite projecting his most perverse and depraved actions on young girls, he somehow managed to keep his championship reputation in the martial arts world.
“This is due to the lengths he went to to keep his abuse undetected and the promises he made to those he preyed on – what we now know as child grooming.
“While parading as a trustworthy coach, he terrorised the lives of his victims who have been so brave in coming forward.
“The only thing he now has to think about behind bars is how he subjected them to this atrocious abuse.”