George Ormond, a former Newcastle United youth team aid has been jailed for 20 years after being convicted of a string of sex abuse offences spanning 25 years.
Ormond was convicted of 35 charges of indecent assault and one of indecency.
Judge Edward Bindloss described Ormond as “wholly preoccupied with sex” and said he “used his position as a respected football coach to target boys and young men in his care”.
“Some victims you do not even remember – what was for you momentary sexual gratification was for your victims a lifetime of difficulty.”
Victims’ statements described their shame and embarrassment, and in some cases deep regret that they had not spoken out earlier. One said his ambition was to become a footballer but “that dream turned into a living nightmare”.
Judge Bindloss said:
“No-one observing this trial could have failed to have been moved by the complainants and other witnesses over the six weeks of evidence.”
In 2002 Ormond was jailed for six years after being found guilty of abusing seven boys under 16 between 1975 and 1999.
The judge praised the Guardian and the BBC for their coverage of football’s abuse scandal in 2016, and commended the police and the NSPCC for their actions to help victims.
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.