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George (John/Jon) Gibney (63) is a documented serial child sexual abuser who has a long history of accusations of sexual abuse and rape from boys and girls entrusted into his care as an Irish swimming coach. He coached swimming teams - including Olympic - in Ireland for three decades until he fled in 1994 after avoiding prosecution on a legal technicality (a loophole now fixed). He spend time in Scotland and moved to the United States in the late 1990s on a Green Card. He did not disclose his criminal past on his green card application as he would have been denied entry. In not disclosing his past, as he was obliged to, he perjured himself which may turn out to be his undoing. His history reflects a sexual preference was for boys or girls aged 11 to 17.
McCarthy's 'Deep Deception' book gives abuse victims a voice
the U.S. from 1999 to date
A note on sexual predators
on Gibney: Gibney's
history is well documented in
Pedophile Makes Home in U.S.
However, some of the biggest names in Irish swimming protested the collapse of the trial. Other victims came forward, but Gibney had fled the country and told his lawyer that he would not return.
The stories of the abused were heard in court but they never found justice. A brother and sister told how Gibney had abused them in the back of the family car while their father was driving in the front.
Another teenager testified about an international swimming meet, when Gibney locked her in a room with him and she was abused.
An Irish government commissioned report, released in 1988, found that Gibney had abused children for three decades, including one 13-year-old girl he slapped in the face after she told him to stop the abuse. He continued to abuse her and her friends.
Gibney, who coached the...Olympic gold medalist Michelle Smith and some of the biggest names in Irish swimming, was sacked as national swimming coach in 1992. There was a huge public outcry after his replacement, Derry O’Rourke, was jailed for similar offenses, and the scandal led to a complete overhaul of Irish sports coaching.
An independent public inquiry led to the development of a new code of ethics for all Irish sports.
national coaches abused young swimmers
Irish Independent June 30, 08
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