Eques­trian tu­tor’s sex abuse of boys

JAIL SEN­TENCE: Young­sters felt they could not re­ject per­vert’s ad­vances

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A LEAD­ING eques­trian teacher has been jailed for four years for abus­ing two young ap­pren­tices more than 10 years ago.

John Bun­yan, 58, who was de­scribed as em­i­nent in the world of showjump­ing and was a Bri­tish Horse So­ci­ety in­struc­tor, re­peat­edly mo­lested the teenagers at his sta­bles in Fin­don, Sha­dox­hurst, near Ash­ford.

Maid­stone Crown Court heard last Fri­day that Bun­yan had a “con­trol­ling” ef­fect on the boys and nei­ther felt able to stop what he was do­ing.


Pros­e­cu­tor Deb­o­rah Charles said: ”Nei­ther felt they could re­ject his ad­vances or refuse his de­mands.

“Both felt ini­tially it was a one-off or an ac­ci­dent but as time went on they found it im­pos­si­ble to stand up to his ad­vances.”

Bun­yan ad­mit­ted seven of­fences of in­de­cent as­sault at an ear­lier hear­ing.

Jail­ing him, Judge Andrew Pa­tience QC said Bun­yan’s breach of trust was “wicked”.

The judge added: “They felt in­tim­i­dated by the ef­fec­tive power you had over the de­vel­op­ment of their ca­reers ... the ef­fect upon them has been dev­as­tat­ing.”

The court heard the youths were ap­pren­tices at the sta­bles and had “in­vested their fu­ture ca­reers” in Bun­yan.

The abuse on both teenag- ers in­volved “treat­ment” us­ing a ma­chine usu­ally used on horses to de­velop mus­cles and for pain-killing.

First, elec­trodes would be placed on their bod­ies in non­in­ti­mate places.

But, Bun­yan soon pro­gressed to the groin area and then touched the boys’ gen­i­tals as well as other sex­ual acts.

While mo­lest­ing them he would also make com­ments, said Miss Charles.

One was told other suc­cess­ful horse­men were bi­sex­ual, she said, adding: “From this the vic­tim as­sumed oth­ers were do­ing this and it was per­fectly nor­mal.”


The same vic­tim was also abused in a horse-box while ac­com­pa­ny­ing Bun­yan to a show.

He later told po­lice he felt his “whole world would col­lapse” if he did not do what Bun­yan said.

The court heard that he left the sta­bles a year later but only con­fided in a fam­ily friend three years ago. He then went to the po­lice in Septem­ber 2005.

Bun­yan’s sec­ond vic­tim first met him when he was giv­ing lessons at a rid­ing club.

The boy re­ported what had hap­pened to him in Novem­ber 2005.

Bun­yan was ar­rested but claimed he had con­sen­sual sex­ual re­la­tion­ships with both boys.

John Bun­yan, who was jailed for four years for abus­ing two ap­pren­tices at his sta­bles

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