-  # Gavin Hopper
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Name: Gavin Hopper
Age: 52 yrs old
State: QLD- Hope Island
Sentenced 6-8-2004 in the VIC County Court to 3.5 yrs jail-27 months
International Tennis Coach. Hopper was running a tennis school in QLD before his conviction.
Found guilty on 3 counts of indecent assault/ 6 counts of gross indecency.
Victim was a 14 yr old schoolgirl Hopper was teaching (PE) at Wesley College in Melbourne in 1985.
Pic: Gavin Hopper
Hoppers Banned From Selling Luxury Home, Car
Disgraced celebrity tennis
coach Gavin Hopper and his wife,
Karen, have been banned from selling
their home and car in case his sex
abuse victim seeks a payout.
A County Court judge in Melbourne
has ordered the freeze on the couple's
luxury Hope Island home in Queensland and their 1999 Jeep Wrangler.
The partially- built waterfront property on the island's resort is worth
about $1.1 million and the car is
valued at $25,000.
The order, sought by the Department of Public Prosecutions, bans the
Hoppers from liquidating their assets
for a year from the date of his conviction. If the victim makes a successful application order to the court for
crimes compensation within a year,
the property could be seized and sold.
Mrs Hopper was named as a defendant in the restraining order because she has a financial stake in her
convicted husband's frozen assets.
Hopper, a former Wesley College
teacher, was found guilty on
Monday of multiple sex crimes
against the woman, 33, when she was
a student in the 1980s, He denied
having a four- year sexual relationship
with the schoolgirl from when she was
14 and is in jail awaiting sentencing.
A County Court jury convicted him
of three counts of Indecent assault
and six of gross indecency. He faces
a maximum of five years in prison for
each indecent assault count.
Adelaide Advertiser (5-8-2004)
Hopper Guilty Of Child Sex Charges
Disgraced tennis coach
Gavin Hopper was behind
bars last night after being convicted of sex crimes against a
A County Court jury yesterday
found Hopper guilty of three
counts of indecent assault
and six of gross indecency,
but not guilty of two further
counts of gross indecency.
Hopper was stony-
faced in the dock as the
verdict of the jury of
eight women and four
men was read out after
seven hours deliberation.
His wife, Karen,
wept and shook her
head in disbelief.
The victim's husband said outside
court he and his wife
were thankful for justice. "This whole
process was undertaken in order for my
wife to be heard and
He said he was grateful to the media, whose
coverage of the two-
week trial prompted two
witnesses to come forward
and give evidence against
The former student's sister-
in- law said the woman, 33, could
begin to move on with life. "A
lot of damage has been done and
there's a lot to repair. Now (she)
can start healing," she said.
Hopper, 48, who pleaded not
guilty to all charges, was accused of having a four- year sexual relationship with the former
schoolgirl while he was a sports
teacher at Wesley College from
1985 to 1988. She told the court
she was 14 years old when the
affair started and that it had
destroyed her childhood.
The court earlier heard she
and Hopper had had sex up to
300 times - in his school office
and gymnasium, his sports car
and his bedroom.
But the statute of limitations
for laying sexual assault charges
was then only one year and the
time limit had long lapsed when
the victim first came forward.
The jury convicted Hopper on
nine of the 11 counts, all related
to five distinct incidents when
the girl was under 16 and in his
care. Three of the incidents happened in the East Doncaster
home he shared with his
Defence lawyer, David
Galbally, QC, said Hopper
Yesterday's conviction came
amid claims Hopper was at the
centre of a separate $100,000
payout to another girl.
Melbourne's Herald Sun reports Hopper had a string of
schoolgirl affairs while he was a
physical education teacher at
exclusive Wesley College.
The payment of more than
$100,000 is believed to have been
made in 1988, a year after the girl
left the school, when she took
legal action against Hopper and
Prosecutor Andrew Tinney
said Hopper's crimes were
serious and warranted an immediate custodial sentence.
He faces a maximum of five
years in prison for each count of
indecent assault The maximum
penalty for gross indecency,
where the victim is in the care
of an authority figure, is three
years. Hopper was remanded in
custody for further plea and
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