Former football coach Barry Bennell, 63, who was once regarded as one of football’s greatest talent spotters, is facing a further 14 counts of sexual assault on boys aged between 11 and 14. Bennell now faces 55 counts of sexual abuse against young boys between 1979 and 1991.
Bennells’s coaching career includes Manchester City, Crewe Alexandra and Stoke City. Bennell has previously denied 21 charges. He appeared in court on 17 May to face another 20 counts of abuse. Bennell did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody. The next hearing will be at Liverpool Crown Court on 3 July in relation to those charges.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has confirmed that the new charges relate to 10 counts of indecent assault and four counts of buggery. The new charges are alleged to have taken place between 1983 and 1990.
A CPS spokesperson said: “Today, 20 June, former professional football coach Barry Bennell, 63, was informed that he has been charged with 14 counts of non-recent child sexual abuse against boys aged 11 to 14 years.”
Bennell will appear via video link at South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday June 28 in relation to these new charges.
Jordans Solicitors represent individuals who have been abused as children or teenagers when attending clubs and organisations including Manchester City Football Club. Where a person is employed or given the responsibility for teaching, coaching or leading others by an organisation or a Local Authority and that person abuses their position and commits an act of assault or abuse a claim may be possible. We would urge anyone affected to report their allegations to the Police and contact us to pursue a civil claim.