Former tennis star Bob Hewitt guilty of rape in SA

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Bob Hewitt, 75
Bob Hewitt, 75, had pleaded not guilty to the two charges of rape and one of indecent assault, which were brought against him by three women in 2013.

Fommer Tennis  Grand Slam champion Bob Hewitt was found guilty Monday in South Africa of raping and assaulting young girls he was coaching there in the early 1980s.

Hewitt, 75, had pleaded not guilty to the two charges of rape and one of indecent assault, which were brought against him by three women in 2013.

The attacks took place in the 1980s and 1990s, when the Australian-born former tennis star was coaching the women, then young girls, in South Africa.

One of his victims said the former champion raped her in his car before tennis practice in 1982, when she was 12-years-old.

Another victim told the court he had touched her inappropriately 34 years ago and forced her to perform a sex act on him when she was 12 and 13.

The judge said Hewitt manipulated the young girls and they were intimidated by him.

Hewitt won nine Grand Slam doubles and six mixed doubles titles in the 1960s and 1970s.

His name was removed from the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012, following abuse allegations.

One of his victims said he had touched her inappropriately and forced her to perform a sex act on him when she was 12 and 13.

The judge said Hewitt manipulated the young girls and they were intimidated by him.

Hewitt won numerous Grand Slam doubles titles during his career in the 1960s and 1970s and was named to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1992.

Hewitt was born in Dubbo, Australia but has spent much of his life in South Africa.

He has been supported throughout the trial by his wife Dalaille.

The former champion has also been dogged by allegations of sexual abuse in the United States where he once lived.

Rape cases dating back decades are rare in South African courts.

A date for sentencing has not been set.

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