Ex-Olympian Mainwaring arrested on new costs
A monitor coach unmasked by ESPN as an alleged serial sexual abuser of boys and younger males was arrested Wednesday on felony indecent assault and battery costs stemming from his time as a camp counselor in Massachusetts greater than 40 years in the past.
Conrad Avondale Mainwaring, a 69-year-old former Olympian, was arrested as he walked out of a Los Angeles County courthouse, the place simply minutes earlier he had pleaded no contest to a felony depend in a separate however associated case.
Mainwaring’s newest arrest stems from a Berkshire County, Massachusetts, grand jury, which indicted him three weeks in the past on 12 counts of indecent assault and battery. 9 of the counts contain alleged acts with boys 14 or older, and three of the counts contain alleged acts with boys beneath 14.
The alleged crimes occurred within the mid-to-late Nineteen Seventies, when Mainwaring labored as a counselor at Camp Greylock for Boys, a summer time sports activities camp within the Berkshires. There, in line with the indictment, Mainwaring molested seven boys over a interval of a number of years.
“Our interest is in bringing justice and accountability, particularly in crimes where the people being victimized are people that are vulnerable,” mentioned Berkshire County District Lawyer Andrea Harrington. “And in this particular instance, you have young people away from their families who were preyed upon by an adult who used their position of trust to abuse the relationship.”
Mainwaring has lived in Los Angeles because the late Eighties, and he’s now awaiting extradition to Massachusetts. Harrington mentioned that beneath Massachusetts sentencing tips, Mainwaring may face 12 to 36 months in jail if discovered responsible of the fees.
Beforehand, a virtually three-year ESPN investigation discovered greater than 50 males who mentioned they had been abused as boys or younger males by Mainwaring starting within the early Nineteen Seventies and up by 2016. Mainwaring was arrested in Los Angeles in June 2019 on one depend of sexual battery by fraud in opposition to a then-20-year-old UCLA scholar — a case precipitated by ESPN’s reporting. He has not responded to a number of requests for remark from ESPN since 2019.
Minutes earlier than his arrest Wednesday, Mainwaring pleaded no contest within the L.A. case, however to a cost of felony false imprisonment. He was not required to register as a intercourse offender, nor does the plea preclude him from teaching boys or younger males. The deal locations him on probation for 2 years and requires him to attend 52 sexual offender courses and to carry out 30 days of neighborhood service.
The sufferer, who requested to stay nameless, advised ESPN he was initially bothered by what he thought was a lightweight sentence however was reassured when he realized concerning the Massachusetts case.
“It no longer feels like he got away with this, which was the feeling I was trying to avoid,” he mentioned. “Knowing that he’s getting arrested and potentially extradited, that made it all right.”
The Massachusetts case emerged within the fall of 2019, shortly after ESPN printed a narrative detailing the experiences of dozens of alleged victims, together with seven at Camp Greylock. Quickly after, Sgt. Stephen Jones of the Massachusetts State Police detective unit started an investigation.
Though the statute of limitations on the alleged incidents expired a long time in the past, prosecutors argue that the statute froze — or “tolled” — when Mainwaring left Massachusetts for good within the late Nineteen Seventies. Tolling is designed to forestall any individual from committing a criminal offense in a single state, shifting away till the statute of limitations expires, after which returning with out worry of prosecution. On this case, there isn’t any report that Mainwaring continued to dwell in Massachusetts or returned there after he stopped working at Camp Greylock.
“I am shocked that we got to this day and really happy,” mentioned John Shapiro, who is likely one of the alleged victims within the Massachusetts case and beforehand advised ESPN he was 14 when he was molested by Mainwaring at Camp Greylock. “I feel really certain that he’s never gonna do this to anybody else again. Of course, we all want justice and to have him behind bars, but the No. 1 goal of having him never abusing anyone again, that looks like a reality.”
Mentioned Michael Waxman, one other alleged sufferer within the Massachusetts case who had beforehand advised ESPN that Mainwaring abused him when he was a 13-year-old camper at Greylock: “I’m really happy about it. … I really feel as if putting him in jail is necessary to protect other young men.”
On the 1976 Summer season Olympics in Montreal, Mainwaring ran for the tiny island nation of Antigua; he later coached some top-level runners, most notably two-time gold medalist Felix Sanchez. (Sanchez shouldn’t be amongst Mainwaring’s accusers.)
Just about all of his alleged victims mentioned Mainwaring used his Olympic credentials and relationships with completed athletes, in addition to his data of psychology and physiology, to influence them to coach with him. They mentioned he initiated sexual contact beneath the guise of psychological coaching that targeted on getting them to manage and manipulate erections and testosterone ranges as a method of bettering athletic efficiency.
After Camp Greylock, Mainwaring spent 5 years working and learning at Syracuse College, the place 22 males advised ESPN he molested them once they had been school or highschool college students. Mainwaring then spent almost two years yr at Colgate College, the place he allegedly molested three extra younger males. He moved to Southern California in 1987 to work at Caltech, which ultimately fired Mainwaring in response to a scholar criticism.
Fifteen males described being sexually abused by Mainwaring in California, a number of whereas they attended UCLA and skilled on the college’s monitor, a public facility the place Mainwaring was recognized to recruit and prepare athletes. As of right now, 52 males have come ahead to ESPN to say they had been sexually abused as boys or younger males by their former coach.
Though Mainwaring was not employed by UCLA, the College of California board of regents was named in a civil lawsuit in September. The lawsuit, introduced by an unnamed plaintiff, says Mainwaring used his relationship with UCLA athletic division workers to woo and molest the person when he was in highschool in 2011. The UCLA athletic division declined remark on the time ESPN first reported on the lawsuit.
Additionally final yr, Shapiro and one other man, Robert Druger, filed civil lawsuits in opposition to Syracuse College, saying the college had obtained “credible reports of sexual abuse perpetrated by Mainwaring” within the Eighties however did not act on them. The lawsuits present no particulars to help the declare that Syracuse obtained prior data of Mainwaring’s alleged abuse.
Requested on the time to touch upon the lawsuit, Syracuse issued an announcement that learn, “Based on that exhaustive review, we have been unable to locate or identify any individual who reported the alleged conduct to university officials when it occurred.” Shapiro is also suing Camp Greylock.
The boys who ran the camp when Mainwaring labored there are lifeless. Beforehand, after a number of unsuccessful makes an attempt to achieve the camp’s present house owners, ESPN obtained an electronic mail from an lawyer who mentioned the most recent iteration of the camp has by no means had any “affiliation whatsoever with Mainwaring.”
Mark Fainaru-Wada has been a senior author at ESPN since 2007. Attain him at [email protected] Mike Kessler is the investigative editor at KPCC, a Nationwide Public Radio affiliate in Los Angeles. Attain him at [email protected] Freelance journalist Chole Marie Rivera contributed to this report.