Mablethorpe kickboxer Adam Beniston jailed over sex offences against underage girls
A FORMER world kickboxing champion who preyed on young girls has been jailed for five years at Lincoln Crown Court.
Adam Beniston, a martial arts instructor, had previously admitted a string of sex offences against two 14-year-old schoolgirls.
The 27-year-old from High Street, Mablethorpe, was named coach of the year in the Lincolnshire Sports Awards in 2011 for his work with the Mablethorpe-based East Coast Martial Arts Academy.
He also won the East Lindsey Sporting Achievement community award the same year.
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Judge Sean Morris told him: "You have absolutely wrecked lives.
"Young girls are vulnerable and need protection from their own emotions. As an instructor you should have known that. They were too young to know what they were doing and you were not."
Beniston admitted to 11 charges of sexual activity with a child relating to two different girls.
The offences occurred between July 2010 and November 2011.
He was placed on the sex offenders' register for life and banned from being involved in any work or recreational activity which brings him into contact with girls under the age of 16.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Beniston befriended the first girl in June 2010 initially making advances when he kissed her while star gazing at the night sky.
Beniston went on to have sex with her on as many as 30 occasions.
When Beniston was arrested, he claimed the allegations were "fantasy" and was released on bail.
He then hit on another 14-year-old girl, starting with a series of text messages and progressing to kissing.
Mr Howes said Beniston later twice had sex with her when they were alone together on an afternoon.
The girl, worried she might have become pregnant and went to see a school nurse.
The court heard that the illicit relationships came at a time when Beniston was having difficulties with his long term partner whom he started seeing when she was 16.
Sarah Munro, defending, said: "He was a world champion kick boxer and he coached many other world champions. He has done a lot of good work but has now lost everything."