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Monday, 16 December, 2002, 17:37 GMT
Football coach jailed for sex assaults
Football
Ormond coached young players for many years
A former football coach who molested young boys was jailed for six years on Monday by a judge who branded him a "predatory abuser".

George Ormond, who once worked part-time with Newcastle United developing the club's young talent, carried out indecent assaults over almost 25 years.

Ormond, 46, of Whickham View, Newcastle, had denied 15 counts of indecent assault on seven boys, five under the age of 16 and two older teenagers, between 1975 and 1999.

The jury had heard how the highly-respected coach in youth circles used his standing in the game to bring youngsters under his power.

You used your position as a football coach to target vulnerable young children

Judge Esmond Faulks

One of his victims secretly taped a conversation between them more than a decade after the attacks.

A jury at Newcastle Crown Court listened to the tape in which Ormond apparently apologised.

The court heard Ormond carried out his attacks at various locations including youth club changing rooms, in his car and at the homes of some victims.

'Predatory abuser'

Michael Hodson, prosecuting, had told the jury Ormond was "wholly preoccupied with sex".

Ormond was convicted of 12 indecent assaults and one attempted indecent assault.

He had earlier been cleared on the judge's directions of two other indecent assaults.

Judge Esmond Faulks told Ormond: "The evidence demonstrates you were a predatory abuser of young boys.

Conspiracy claim

"You used your position as a football coach to target vulnerable young children.

"You ingratiated yourself with their parents and prevented disclosure by the power you wielded over them as their coach.

The judge said because of the dates of the offences he was unable to make an order preventing Ormond working with children.

Ormond had maintained throughout his trial he was the victim of a conspiracy between the men and had never abused them.


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