A FORMER Team GB gymnast has been convicted of sexual assault after he abused a drunk woman – having bragged “I’m going to f*** her” to his friends.
Alexander Hicken, now a coach at a renowned gymnastics school, preyed on his intoxicated victim after she was put to bed at a party because she was so drunk.
Alexander Hicken, now a coach at a renowned gymnastics school, preyed on his intoxicated victimCredit: Solent
Hicken ignored the woman’s demands to stopCredit: Solent
The 23-year-old tumbling coach, who had a girlfriend, ignored the woman’s demands to stop during the eight-hour ordeal and repeatedly sexually touched her in August 2019.
Now the disgraced gymnast, who represented the junior Team GB at Loule Gymnastic World Cup in Portugal in 2012, faces being jailed after he was convicted unanimously by jurors after a four-day trial.
Prosecutor Emily Cook said Hicken’s victim, who has been left with nightmares, had drunk so much Lambrini and vodka jelly shots that she had to be put to bed at the party.
Ms Cook told Winchester Crown Court in Hampshire that the woman – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was “so drunk she was sick every time she moved”.
Hicken, who teaches children at Basingstoke Gymnastic Club, sat on the edge of her bed, rubbing her thigh and bum and was told to leave her room before going to the pub with others.
Ms Cook said: “On the way to the pub Alex Hicken was making claims about the victim and saying that he was going to have sex with her and then said ‘whoops, shouldn’t have said that’.”
A witness said they overheard Hicken say “I’m going to f*** her” during their night out.
When he returned to the house “he was not finished” with her and sexually touched and kissed her but was startled by others coming upstairs.
The victim said: “I remember waking up and Alex was stood in the doorway. He came in, I asked him what he was doing.
“He said at that point ‘you just want a shag or something,’ I said ‘I absolutely do not’.
“He then went to get into my bed, and I asked him what he was doing. He said he just wanted a cuddle, I told him that he wasn’t going to get it from me because I didn’t want to.”
Hicken continually sexually assaulted his victim during an eight-hour time period where he repeatedly put his hand on her thigh and bum despite her telling him to stop and reminding him that he had a girlfriend.
Hicken also tried to stick his tongue in the victim’s mouth after she had been sick and grabbed her body over her clothes whilst she lay “scared” and “crying”.
The court was told that in the two days after she was assaulted, the woman made 27 searches on her phone in relation to sexual assault.
These included ‘how to deal with sexual assault,’ ‘mental health effects of sexual assault and abuse’ and ‘rape and sexual abuse helplines’.
Friends of the victim said the incident in August 2019 had “changed her” and she was “distressed”.
One friend told the court: “It was almost as if the person I was so used to being with every other day wasn’t there. It was almost as if it wasn’t her.
“(She was) quite distressed in a way I’ve never seen her before. She normally takes stuff on the chin but this had really knocked her, so I knew something drastic had happened.”
The victim also said: “I have (nightmares) repeatedly. For a few months, it was every night.
“They were the same every night. I wake up panicked and have to check that he is not in the room.”
Hicken arrived at court with his social worker mother and deputy headteacher father.
He denied the claims, with members of Basingstoke Gymnastic Club speaking in his defence.
Hicken will be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court in October.
A witness said they overheard Hicken say ‘I’m going to f*** her’ during their night outCredit: Solent