Boxing coach’s sex texts to girl

Graham Hebden
Graham Hebden

A Bridlington ​boxing coach could face up to six months in prison after he breached his position of trust by sending sexual messages to an underage girl.

Graham Hebden, 49, of West End, Ulrome, near Driffield, sent text messages to the girl and contacted her on Facebook over an 11-month period, East Riding Magistrates’ Court heard.

Beverley Magistrates Court'Scene Setters'NBEV PA1515-9c

Beverley Magistrates Court'Scene Setters'NBEV PA1515-9c

Prosecuting, Andrew Vaughan said the messages were of a sexual nature and that some of them included tips for sexual activity.

But he added: “Clearly a man of his age should not be sending these messages to a young girl. Potentially this carries a sentence of up to six-months in prison.”

Hebden pleaded guilty to a charge of abusing a position of trust by causing or inciting the girl to engage in sexual activity.

The messages were sent over a period between November 1, 2013 and September 23, 2014.

Magistrates decided that their powers of sentencing were insufficient to deal with Hebden and committed him to Hull Crown Court where he will be sentenced on June 15.

Defending, Amelia Woollen said he had no previous convictions and asked that a pre -sentence report be prepared before that date.

Hebden was granted bail on the condition that he cooperate with the probation service in the preparation of the report.

Following the hearing, the national governing body for boxing, England Boxing, confirmed that Graham Hebden was currently suspended.