A youth football coach who went on to work for Newcastle United has been convicted of multiple sex abuse offences spanning 25 years.

George Ormond, 62, had denied all of the charges against him but was convicted of 35 charges of indecent assault and one charge of indecency. The jury returned not guilty verdicts on one charge of buggery and one of indecent assault.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that Ormond had used his position of power to abuse 18 boys and young men between 1973 and 1998.

Ormond’s pattern of offending draws similarities with that of Manchester City coach Barry Bennell who was jailed for thirty years at the beginning of 2018 after been found guilty of a catalogue of offences against children. Like Bennell, Ormond preyed on young boys by exploiting their aspirations of going on to become professional football players.

Ormond was convicted of 13 counts of indecent assault in 2002. The latest investigation into his offending was sparked in 2016 by media reports of a sex abuse scandal in professional football, an investigation which also resulted in Bennell’s convictions.

During the trial, John Carver, who was Newcastle United’s Centre of Excellence director in the 1990s, said he had respected and trusted Ormond and was “extremely shocked” when allegations of abuse against him emerged. Carver admitted that he had not taken immediate action when informed of the allegations against Ormond as he had ‘needed time to digest them’. Despite the severity of the allegations, Carver did not take any action until he was able to sack Ormond by relying upon new FA rules that required individuals working in youth clubs to possess formal qualifications.

The Court heard that the abuse took place at summer camps and in the back of Ormond’s car where he would indecently touch boys while massaging them or treating them for injuries. He would then go on to insist that the boys did not wear underwear under their shorts, then check they were not.

Detective Superintendent Mick Paterson, from Northumbria Police referred to Ormond as a ‘predatory paedophile’.

Ormond is due to be sentenced later this week.

 

Jordans Solicitors represent victims who have suffered abuse whilst participating in sporting activities. Where a person abuses their position of trust and commits an act of assault a claim may be possible. We would encourage anyone affected to report their allegations to the police and contact Jordans to pursue a civil claim. We can be contacted free on 033 0300 1103 or you can request a call back.


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