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Coach jailed for molesting boys

A former junior football coach who sexually assaulted two boys after games of strip jack naked has been jailed, 38 years after he molested the children.
James Stewart Murray, now 67, was a newlywed when he invited the boys, who were in his under-12 team, to his Melbourne home for the weekend in 1972, the Victorian County Court heard on Monday.
Murray got the boys to play the card game strip jack naked, which involved the loser removing all his clothes.
Advertisement: Story continues below Two boys, who both each lost a game, were taken to Murray's bedroom where pillows were placed over their faces while their coach molested them and told their team-mates to do the same, the court heard.
Murray took one of the boys to bed with him on a Friday night and another on the Saturday night.
When he asked one of the boys he molested if he had enjoyed it, the boy curled up in a ball and cried.
One of the victims told police about the molesting in 2008 and Murray was interviewed and charged in 2009.
He pleaded guilty to five charges of indecent assault of a male under 16 and two charges of gross indecency.
On Monday, Judge Margaret Rizkalla jailed Murray, who now lives in the Brisbane suburb of Carindale, for three years.
She said while Murray had been able to live his life over the past 38 years, the same could not be said for his victims.
Judge Rizkalla noted one of the victims had requested his victim impact statement, in which he said his "childhood trust was amputated at the age of 11", be read to the court.
"It is plain from that statement that these events had a significant impact on his life," she said.
"You must take responsibility for the impact that this had had on his life."
Judge Rizkalla said the offending occurred at a critical age in the development of the boys.
She said Murray had been placed in a position of trust by the boys' parents and breached that trust.
Judge Rizkalla ordered Murray serve a minimum of 22 months before being eligible for parole.
He has already served 25 days in custody.

news.smh.com.au (2-8-2010)
Daniel Fogarty

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