Former Olympic showjumping coach found not guilty of rape

The Guardian - Fri Jan 14 16:53

A former Olympic showjumping coach has been found not guilty of the rape and sexual abuse of a teenage girl.

John Sillett, who trained riders for the 2016 Rio Olympics, was acquitted by a jury of five counts of rape, five of assault by penetration and two of sexual assault after a trial at Winchester crown court.

The 55-year-old, from Wokingham, Berkshire, was accused of the assaults against the same girl during a seven-year period.

But he denied that the assaults took place and told the trial he had “no sexual interaction” with the complainant.