Another karate instructor involved in...

Another karate instructor involved in sexual assault charges

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London, UK

#1 May 20, 2011
Harry Cook, renowned karate historian and author has admitted 6 charges of sexual assault against a female thought to be one of his karate students. He is currently on remand in Durham Prison and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court for sentencing. He has been warned to expect a lengthy custodial sentence.
First reports of the offences appeared in the Hexham Courant newspaper on 13 May with news of his guilty plea being printed in the same newspaper on 20th May.

London, UK

#2 May 25, 2011
Many of his top students left his club 20 years ago for similar reasons, although not overtly illegal at the time, very distasteful and proof that he talked utter bull while acting out his own perversions.

Nantes, France

#3 May 26, 2011
Bunkai wrote:
Many of his top students left his club 20 years ago for similar reasons, although not overtly illegal at the time, very distasteful and proof that he talked utter bull while acting out his own perversions.
Quite a claim! so it's well known in karate circles then? I have never heard anything like that surrounding him before, but maybe i'm just naive.

Truly sickened by his actions.

Cincinnati, OH

#4 Jun 10, 2011
Every thing he has said or written is now tainted.
" Seek perfection of character" I have to wonder how that fit in while he was molesting a child and destroying his family. Funny how little has been said about this among his peers.
Harry Cook, you can go to hell.

Bradford, UK

#5 Jun 24, 2011
As the father of the victim in question, my daughter, I wish to put forward what actually happened and this will stop all the speculation that has been read on various forums on the internet.
To make it clear to everyone who knew Harry Cook, his family, his friends and his colleagues, this is exactly what happened to my daughter. Please note that Harry Cook was aged around 56 in 2006 when these events first took place and continued up to and were continuing this year 2011 when he was aged approx 61.
In Feb 2006, when my daughter was aged just 12, Harry Cook put his hands on her left breast on at least two occasions during a particular karate move known as randori.
In 2006 after my daughter turned 13, Harry Cook continued to touch her breasts on certain moves in the karate lessons. This was on at least 5 occasions.
In 2007 to 2008, Harry Cook not only touched my daughter's breasts on several occasions but he touched her private area when doing a karate move. She was aged 14 and 15 at the time. He also started buying her presents and birthday gifts such as perfume and this continued over the years. My daughter was told these presents were from Harry Cook and his wife.
In April 2009 just after my daughter turned 16, Harry Cook took my daughter on a training course. While there he bought her a revealing tracksuit top. They went swimming together and he touched her on the stomach and back to help her swim. Harry Cook then suggested that they take some photographs of my daughter in her hotel room. Harry Cook took several photos of my daughter's face and then showed her a leather top that he wanted her to wear. He then suggested some bikini shots which my daughter refused to do. He then took some photos of them together and put his hand inside my daughter's bra. He then took several more photos.
In July 2009 Harry Cook took my daughter who was 16 on a fell walk. He suggested that she wore a bikini so he could take some photos. He took her to a barn and took some photos of my daughter. He then put his hand inside her bra and felt her breasts. He said to her that he was not going to rape her and she did not need to get a bodyguard. He added that he found her very attractive. Harry Cook then asked to kiss my daughter which my daughter refused. He then asked her about a course in Sep and that he hoped she was still wanting to go. He asked my daughter if she had a boyfriend and hugged her on more than one occasion. He continued to pay her compliments and then offered to lend her some money if she ever needed it.
After the walk, Harry Cook took my daughter back to his dojo. He asked my daughter if he could take some topless shots. My daughter said no but he asked her to push her breasts together in her purple bra she was wearing and he took several photos of my daughter's breasts. Harry then told my daughter that she had great boobs, a great shape and small is good. He asked my daughter her bra size several times, asked her if she had a boyfriend again and then talked about a lesbian friend he knew to my daughter.
Later that year in karate classes, Harry Cook lectured the class with my daughter in attendance about a girl who did training with another man who kept touching this girl. This girl had confided in Harry Cook and he had told her to train with him. This left my daughter in a very confused state of mind. He continued the lecture with statements such as no one should be touched in karate and how much he disliked rapists.

Bradford, UK

#6 Jun 24, 2011


#8 Jul 11, 2011
Cook has now admitted several other assaults of a similar nature and Police enquiries are continuing in the expectation that other victims may come forward. It may be some time until sentence is given because of this. Cook's family have been trying to cope with these revelations and move on. They have expressed disgust at his actions and genuine sympathy for the victims.
Seijin or perhaps Not

Bishops Stortford, UK

#9 Jul 28, 2011

Mr Cook is due to be committed for sentence at Newcastle Crown Court tomorrow (July 29).
The last story we ran, on June 24, said:
A HALTWHISTLE karate instructor who has already admitted six charges of sexual assault against a female is facing more sex charges.

Henry Wilson Cook (61) of Castle Hill House, appeared before Newcastle Magistrates via videolink from Durham Prison on Monday. He entered no plea to eight new indecent assault charges, six of which relate to a female under 14 and two relate to a female under 16.

The offences are alleged to have been committed from 1984 onwards.

Cook has been in custody since pleading guilty in May to six charges of sexual assault against a female, which took place between March 2006 and February this year.

He is awaiting sentence at Newcastle Crown Court on those matters.

Cook will be formally committed for trial on the new charges on July 29.

Im so surprised how many people on the forums still defend Mr Cook. those people should hold there head in Shame and many people knew but failed to see....

Gateshead, UK

#10 Dec 14, 2011
Harry (Henry Wilson) Cook appeared before Newcastle Magistratesí via videolink from Durham Prison on Friday 2nd December 2011.

He is charged with 29 new offences, which include sexual assault and taking and possessing indecent images and videos of children, alleged to have been committed from 1997 onwards.

The case is next to be heard at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday, December 23.

Cook is already awaiting sentence after pleading guilty to 14 indecent assault offences, committed between 1984 and February this year, on three different victims.
Geoff Lee

Wellington, New Zealand

#11 Jan 16, 2012

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