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Former Manchester City youth coach Barry Bennell found guilty of multiple sex abuse charges

64-year-old Barry Bennell was found guilty on Tuesday of 36 charges of sexual abuse on 10 young players.

By: AP | Liverpool | Published: February 15, 2018 7:13 pm
The latest case against Bennell, who worked for northwest clubs Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra among others, related to abuse covering 1979 to 1990. (Source: Reuters)

A former English youth soccer coach was found guilty on Thursday of seven more charges of sexual abuse on young players.

Barry Bennell, who has previously received three jail sentences for offenses against children, was found guilty by an 11-person jury at Liverpool Crown Court in northern England. Six were by majority 10-1 verdicts, and the other was unanimous.

The 64-year-old Bennell was found guilty on Tuesday of 36 charges of sexual abuse on 10 young players. Before the trial, Bennell pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault involving three boys.

He will be sentenced on Monday.

The latest case against Bennell, who worked for northwest clubs Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra among others, related to abuse covering 1979 to 1990.

Boys coached by Bennell told the trial how he had a power hold over them as they dreamed of becoming professional players. The prosecution said Bennell was a “child molester on an industrial scale.”

Bennell, who had part of his tongue removed due to cancer, appeared in court via videolink for health reasons. He has declined to give evidence in his own defense.

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  1. Kim Sharma
    Feb 15, 2018 at 7:48 pm
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