Former swim coach and club/LEN/FINA administrator Flavio Bomio sentenced 11 years in prison

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flavio-bomioAccording to Blick.ch, former coach and ex-president of swimming club Bellinzona has been sentenced to a prison term of eleven years, for over ten years to have sexually abused at least 15 boys between 12 and 16 years of age. The abuses ranged from touching the genital area when showering to anal sex, the coach taking advantage of the boys during training and competitions at home and abroad. Some relations lasted for several years, and most of the boys only got out at the termination of their sport career. Although the indictment would only take into account the estimated 400 episodes of sexual assaults in the years 1998 to 2011, the first known case dated back over 40 years. The coach always acting according to the same pattern. The judge criticized that Bomio has shown no true sorrow for his victims during the trial. As described on OpenWaterPedia, Bomio was not only coach and director of the Bellinzona swimming club, but also became Honorary Secretary of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and chairman of the LEN Technical Open Water Swimming Committee, among other things.

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