A former sports coach, who was also a teacher at a local school, is to appear in court later this month to face historical charges of  indecent assault against a teenage girl 1980s.

Darrell Bunn, 64, from Marlbrook is charged with 12 counts of indecent assault and three of taking a child from the lawful control of their parents. The alleged offences took place in 1986 when Bunn was an athletics coach at Birchfield Harriers, where the girl trained.

Image by SalFalko on Flickr
Image by SalFalko on Flickr

Bunn coached young people at the Birmingham athletics club and was athletics star Denise Lewis’s coach and mentor for 13 years before being replaced after her first Olympic appearance in Atlanta in 2006.

In addition to his coaching work, Bunn was head of PE at, what was then called, Colmers Farm School in Rednal (senior school) until his retirement.

In a statement released this morning, Colmers School and Sixth Form College headteacher Barry Doherty said: “I know that this information will concern many families.

And Mr Doherty sought to reassure parents and the local community adding: “I wish to emphasise that the alleged offences have no connection to Colmers School or any member of its community whatsoever.”

Bunn will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 22nd May to hear the charges.

Read the full statement from Mr Doherty, Colmers School

Update: Former Olympic coach who sexually abused teenage girl avoids jail because he has cancer

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