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Gymnastics coach jailed for abuse and manslaughter of 14-year-old girl

Dutch court.Photo: Odi Bassman

33 year old gymnastics coach 12 years in prison For manslaughter and sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl who attended a club where he taught.

Olivier van de G. was arrested on December 31 last year, the same day the body of a girl named only Esme was found. , claimed that she used to come to his house in Leiden regularly.

In Van de G’s court, he said he could not remember how she died. Upon realizing she was dead, Van der G took action to remove all traces of her, taking her body to a park and throwing her phone into a canal.

A Hague judge ruled that there was insufficient evidence that Van de G wanted to kill Esmee.

“You ended the life of a 14-year-old girl who trusted you in a horrible way,” the court said. “Having her body abandoned by a tree in a park is painful and shocking,” the court said, an act that only strengthened her feelings of grief.

Van de G was also ordered to pay compensation of approximately €40,000 to Esmee’s mother, €26,000 to his father and €17,500 to his stepfather.

Van de G will spend time in a psychiatric ward after completing his prison sentence, due to the risk of reoffending.

A psychiatrist who examined Van de G. before trial said he had a personality disorder and had a sexual preference for adolescent girls between the ages of 12 and 16. Her occupation had nothing to do with the girl’s death.

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