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A Los Angeles high school track and field coach has been accused of molesting over 30 men. Conrad Mainwaring, 67, a former Olympian, has been arrested and charged with one felony count of sexual battery. A recent ESPN investigation detailed the allegations of nearly three dozen men who say Mainwaring abused them over the past 44 years.
Were you or a loved one sexually abused by Conrad Mainwaring, a former track and field coach who worked at multiple American universities? Our experienced sexual abuse attorneys are here to help. We understand the painful emotions caused by sexual abuse. You may still be struggling to handle feelings of shame and embarrassment, anger and depression. These are natural reactions to a terrible trauma. This was not your fault. You did nothing wrong.
You are not alone. Thanks to California prosecutors, Conrad Mainwaring is finally being held accountable for his alleged misconduct by the criminal justice system. We believe civil action is also possible. If you or a loved one were abused by Mainwaring, you may be eligible to pursue a private civil lawsuit against the coach. Financial compensation may be available.
Conrad Mainwaring has been charged for one count of sexual battery by fraud in connection to an assault alleged to have occurred under the guise of massage therapy. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge, appearing at an arraignment hearing on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Mainwaring has repeatedly declined to answer questions from ESPN's Outside The Lines.
In an ongoing investigation, reporters from Outside The Lines discovered a pattern of allegations against Mainwaring. To date, thirty-one men have described instances of sexual abuse by the prominent track and field coach, with allegations dating back to the mid-1970s. The most recent case dates to 2016. Mainwaring's earliest alleged victims appear to have been teenagers at the time of the alleged abuse, the youngest having been 14.
Alleged victims say Mainwaring exploited his Olympic credentials, along with his relationships with top athletes, to persuade young men into training relationships. As ESPN reports, the coach is alleged to have opened the door to sexual contact with his alleged victims under the guise of a mental training regimen focused on "training" his students to control their erections in an effort to elevate testosterone levels and improve overall athletic performance. The men say Mainwaring framed the alleged abuse as non-sexual, saying his methods amounted to clinical practice that would make them better athletes.
According to LAPD detective Sharlene Johnson, Mainwaring exploited "his position as a coach with athletes who are so focused and driven to be perfect at their craft that he was able to victimize them without [their] even realizing it." Unfortunately, many of the claims against the coach have already passed the statute of limitations, preventing prosecutors from pressing charges in a majority of the cases. The alleged victim in the criminal case says he was abused by Mainwaring in 2016 in California.
Mainwaring is an accomplished Olympian and Olympic-level coach. He competed in the 1976 Olympic Games for Antigua, the island of his birth. In later years, he coach Dominican hurdler Felix Sanchez, achieving two Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2012. Sanchez has not accused Mainwaring of abuse. While he has not commented publicly on the accusations, he said through a friend that he was not aware of any inappropriate conduct on the part of his former coach.
Reports from Outside The Lines suggest that the first allegations of sexual misconduct emerged against Mainwaring around 1975 in England, where he grew up. Accusations followed him to America, where he worked at several summer camps in the late-1970s. Over the next four decades, dozens of men say Mainwaring continued to abuse his victims, often at or near American universities. While there is no record of his working for the athletics departments of these universities, in at least three cases, he appears to have worked for other departments, including student housing and admissions.
Throughout his four decades of alleged abuse, Mainwaring has been reported to various police departments and employers in both England and the United States, but this appears to be the first time he has faced criminal charges for his actions.