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Fencing coach denies sex assaults on schoolgirl

PUBLISHED: 15:49 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 11:04 11 August 2010

A LEADING figure in British fencing denied nine sex assaults on a schoolgirl today (Tuesday). Barry Clark, 61, a British Fencing Association (BFA) team selector, repeatedly molested the youngster at the school in Dagenham, between August 1992 and August

A LEADING figure in British fencing denied nine sex assaults on a schoolgirl today (Tuesday).

Barry Clark, 61, a British Fencing Association (BFA) team selector, repeatedly molested the youngster at the school in Dagenham, between August 1992 and August 1994, it is claimed.

Judge Inigo Bing remanded bespectacled Clark on conditional bail until January 16 next year when he will appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Clark's bail conditions forbid him from contacting the alleged victim and he is prohibited from being with a child under the age of 16 in a private place.

The judge set January 26 for the trial, which is expected to last six to seven days.

Prosecutor Alex Milne said: "There are quite a few witnesses required and the evidence is fairly substantial."

Clark was set for a glittering career with the foil and competed at international level but severed nerves in his hand during a competition in Czechoslovakia when he was in his 20s.

He has coached for the Salle Rose Fencing Club in Felixstowe, has been chairman and secretary of the Suffolk County Fencing Union and he still sits on the epee referees' panel of the BFA.

Clark, of Darsham Close, Felixstowe, Suffolk, denies nine counts of indecent assault.

He is currently suspended from his teaching job at a Suffolk school.

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