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Forest Gate swimming instructor found guilty of sexual assault

Emmanuel Brown was found guilty in court yesterday (credit: Met Police)

A swimming instructor from Forest Gate has been found guilty of sexually assaulting three young girls at a pool in north London.

Emmanuel Brown was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault by touching on Monday, 5 December at Wood Green Crown Court.

The 60-year-old targeted the girls, who were under the age of 13, at Northumberland Park swimming pool where he ran lessons.

Two of the victims were assaulted between 2010 and 2012 while the third was assaulted in 2019.

The girls, who were taught by Brown, made two separate reports to police in June and July 2020.

This was followed by a third girl who also alleged that Brown sexually assaulted her during their lessons.

Brown had been a swimming instructor since 1995.

Detective Constable, Andri Andreou of the North Area Command Unit said: “I have no doubt that Emmanuel Brown is a dangerous sexual predator who poses a significant risk to young children.

“Brown used his position of trust to carry out sustained sexual assaults on these three girls – his behaviour is utterly deplorable. Given the offending we know about took place over a decade, it is entirely likely there are other victims of Brown.

“I would urge anyone who has been abused by him to come forward and speak to police – you will be listened to and supported by specially trained officers.

“My sincere gratitude goes out to the victims and their families who have been so brave as to come forward – their resilience and commitment throughout the investigation made Brown’s conviction possible. I can only hope that this result goes some way to helping those victims with a form of closure and justice.”

If you have been a victim of sexual abuse or have information about offending of this nature, please contact police on 101. In an emergency, dial 999.

Brown is due to be sentenced on Tuesday, 27 February next year.

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