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UK ex-football coach Bennell convicted of child sex abuse

Published : Thursday, 15 February, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 171

LONDON, FEB 14: A former British youth football coach was found guilty on Tuesday of multiple counts of the sexual abuse of boys after a court heard he was a "child molester on an industrial scale".
Barry Bennell, 64, who coached at Crewe Alexandra and scouted for Manchester City, was found guilty on 36 counts involving 10 child victims between 1979 and 1990.
Some of his accusers wept in court when the verdicts were read out.
Bennell's trial is part of wider allegations of sexual and physical abuse of boys at football clubs in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s by the very people who were supposed to nurture their budding careers.
The trial at Liverpool Crown Court in northwest England heard that Bennell has served prison sentences for prior sex offences.
During evidence, prosecutors said Bennell groomed not only his victims but their families too.
His accusers told how he was treated with great reverence at Manchester City's stadium and had a "power hold" over the boys as they dreamed of becoming professional footballers.    AFP

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