LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A 67-year-old private track coach in the West Los Angeles area pleaded not guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting one of his trainees.
Conrad Avondale Mainwaring, a former Olympian, pleaded not guilty to one felony count of sexual battery by fraud one day after his arrest.
He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.
Mainwaring coached at several tracks throughout West L.A., police disclosed.
Mainwaring sexually battered a male athlete “under the guise of physical therapy and mental focus training,” police said in a news release.
UCLA confirmed to CBS2 that Mainwaring was barred from campus back in 2016, but would not elaborate.
An attorney told CBSLA’s Leslie Marin there could be dozens of additional cases tracing back to Mainwaring’s UCLA days.
“He would introduce this idea of touching of genitals of what we would say is bad for me and immediately recognize as sexual abuse and he would introduce that as part of athletic training,” said attorney Andrew Shubin.
Mainwaring was involved in training as a former Olympic athlete, “so folks who came to him thought that he had the power to make them an Olympic athlete,” Shubin added.
According to ESPN, he has been the subject of an ongoing investigation by the sports network, which found more than 30 men have alleged misconduct by Mainwaring dating back to the 1970s.
He is due back in court July 10 and remains jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Anyone with information on the case can contact LAPD detectives at 213-486-6910 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7.
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