A PREDATORY paedophile who preyed on vulnerable young boys has been jailed for nine years.
Mike Green, from Hove, chose his victims from cycle speedway clubs that he set up, including one in Havant which is now closed.
Judge Anthony Niblett, sitting at Hove Crown Court, said the 71-old had been in denial about his sexuality for decades and has managed to convince himself that the offences never happened.
But he had in fact wreaked emotional and psychological damage on his victims which affected them throughout their lives.
He was convicted of the offences last month and was sentenced today.
Green was today jailed for eight years for rape, a further 12 months for indecent assault and a 12 months to run concurrently for a further indecent assault.
After he was convicted earlier this month, it emerged that Green had links with paedophile Roy Whiting, who killed seven-year-old schoolgirl Sarah Payne in West Sussex in 2000.
Green, Whiting’s former coach at Crawley Tigers Cycle Speedway Club, was convicted of four child sex offences against boys, including the horrendous abuse of a then 13-year-old at the now defunct Havant Cycle Speedway Club in the early 1980s.
The link between the sick pair emerged through a photograph of them grinning next to each other at a speedway awards ceremony. Green is said to have been a ‘mentor’ for pervert Whiting.