Tahiti boxing coach jailed for raping minors

1:06 pm on 2 March 2020

A boxing coach in French Polynesia has been jailed for 20 years for raping two underage boys and two underage girls.

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The appeal court confirmed the sentence of the unnamed coach from the Aorai club who was first convicted and jailed in 2018.

The crimes came to light in 2016 when one of the girls went to police, saying she was coerced into having sex which was filmed.

Media reports say in the appeal court, the coach rejected the charges.

The reports say one of the male victims, who was in court as a witness and who himself is now serving a 14-year prison sentence, was reportedly threatened in jail by the coach's imprisoned associates.