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Ex-football coach Barry Bennell guilty of child sex abuse

The convicted paedophile was described in court as a "child molester on an industrial scale".

Barry Bennell was described in court as a 'child molester on an industrial scale'.
Barry Bennell was described in court as a 'child molester on an industrial scale'. PA

Convicted paedophile Barry Bennell has been found guilty of abusing more young footballers.

The 64-year-old former professional football coach, who has previously received three jail sentences for similar offences, was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court of sex offences against more victims.

He has been so far been convicted of two counts of indecently assaulting one young boy between 1979 and 1982.

Bennell was found guilty of three counts of indecent assault and two counts of serious sexual assault against a second complainant and four counts of indecent assault against a third complainant.

During the course of his trial, he was described as a "child molester on an industrial scale" who would not just groom his victims, but also their families.

He abused the boys at his homes, on trips away and in his car while on the way to and from training.

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

But the court heard transcripts of police interviews in which he admitted having a "grooming process" and being attracted to teenage boys.

However, he denied the new allegations and said his accusers were "jumping on the bandwagon" following publicity.

His barrister, Eleanor Laws QC, described him as being a "sitting target" after being convicted of child sexual abuse in the 1990s and in 2015.

She said: "The defendant is a known target and he coached these boys.

"They know when making allegations, whether truthful or not, that they are making allegations against a convicted paedophile."

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