Survivor of sexual abuse by pedophile coach Ian King sues Cricket Australia and Cricket ACT. at

A survivor of childhood sexual abuse by former ACT elite junior cricket coach Ian King is suing Cricket ACT and Cricket Australia for the disastrous consequences of his abuse, the man’s lawyers have confirmed.

On Friday, Arnold Thomas and Becker Advocaten issued a subpoena in the Melbourne High Court seeking damages and damages after the man was “deprived” of his childhood and suffered “significant mental disorders that have affected his life and career prospects”.

The plaintiff, a member of elite ACT junior development teams in the early 1990s and aged 13 when King began abusing him, reported the matter to police in 2006.

A notable aspect of the case is the discovery of a police statement made in 2006 by a coaching colleague of King’s, which confirmed that Cricket ACT was aware of King’s reputation as a sexual abuser as he began his ten-year career as an ACT coach. -junior teams.

In the statement, seen by ABC Sport, former ACT junior coach and team manager Ray Hatch told police, “During Ian’s first year with ACTCA, rumors circulated around the Association that Ian liked little boys.”

Ian King during his time as coach of the ACT U17 cricket team in 1992.

“This information came from the international cricket community where Ian came from, I think it was Western Australia.”

“As a result of these rumours, Richard Done, who was ACTCA’s director of coaching at the time, and I monitored Ian’s interaction with the young children.”

“As far as I knew everything was fine and there were no incidents with Ian.”

In reality, in the decade since, King was a frequent abuser of boys in his elite ACT Under-17 and Under-19 squads and is currently serving a 19-year sentence for a series of serious sex crimes against boys he committed in the 1980s. guided. and 90s.

Richard Done, USA Cricket’s director of cricket operations, did not respond to interview requests from ABC Sport.

In the decade before his stay in Canberra, King had also coached elite Western Australian junior representative teams. In the late 1960s, King enjoyed a successful but short career as a fast bowler in the Queensland Sheffield Shield team and was also a professional boxer.

‘His hopes and dreams in cricket were destroyed by this predator’

Arnold Thomas and Becker abuse attorney Jodie Harris, who represents the victim, said Cricket ACT (then the ACT Cricket Association) was aware of King’s past violations before taking him into positions where he interacted with children, including private coaching sessions and visits to the boys’ houses.

Harris said the claim against Cricket ACT and Cricket Australia claimed they “failed to protect the boys on a number of fronts”, not only by failing to do the proper background checks, but also by failing to supervise King, failing to warn parents that he was a danger to children and failed to develop “good policies or procedures to ensure that children in his care are protected from his predatory behavior.”

“As a result of these failures, our client was subjected to repeated abuse by this predator,” Harris said.

“The abuse started when our client was about 13 years old.”

Harris said her firm is aware of “dozens of others considering taking action” on the matter and that historical child sexual abuse in elite junior cricket is a problem that will not go away.

“Cricket Australia and the various state associations will be forced to face their perceived failings in protecting children,” Harris said.

“It is time for them to be held accountable and for justice and fair compensation to be awarded to the survivors for the horrific damage done to them.

“What our client went through as a young boy and the impact it had on his life is just heartbreaking. As a result of the abuse he went through, our client was deprived of a normal childhood and upbringing and subsequently suffered severe mental disorders that have affected his life and career prospects.”

“Cricket should be a safe and enjoyable activity for people, especially children, so to hear that abuse is so prevalent in these organizations is devastating. Our client had dreams of a future in cricket. Those hopes and dreams were destroyed by this predator .”

‘What is clear is that it is the responsibility of Cricket ACT’

In recent years, Cricket Australia has lagged in its response to stories of historical child sexual abuse in its elite junior ranges.

It wasn’t until December 24, 2021 — in response to an ABC Sport investigation into former Australian Under-19s star Jamie Mitchell’s horrific experiences on an overseas tour — that CA made a commitment to join the National Redress Scheme in response. to the Royal Commission in Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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