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Ex-football coach guilty of sex abuse



Ex-football coach Barry Bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against boys in the 1980s.
Bennell, 64, was convicted of 36 charges including indecent assault and serious sexual assaults against boys aged eight to 15.
The jury at Liverpool Crown Court could not reach verdicts on seven counts after four days of deliberation. They will continue discussions on Wednesday.
The judge directed them to find Bennell not guilty on three other counts.
During the trial prosecutors said Bennell was a “predatory and determined paedophile” who molested young boys on an “industrial scale”.
They compared Bennell to the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, while his victims described his home as a “paradise” for young boys, where they would play games and be given takeaway food. ‘Hold’ over victims
Boys were abused at his home – where he had arcade games and exotic pets including a puma and a monkey – on trips away, and in his car on the way to and from training.
The youth scout and junior football coach was associated with a number of clubs including Stoke City, Manchester City and, most notably, Crewe Alexandra.
In their evidence to the court, his victims said they dreamed of becoming professional footballers and as a result Bennell had a “power hold” over them.
One of Bennell’s victims Chris Unsworth told the court Bennell had raped him “about half a dozen times”.

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