John Marshall 71 has been found guilty of abusing five boys in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s while he was a football coach.

Marshall was charged with 11 counts of indecent assault yesterday. He was arrested as part of Northumbria Police’s investigation Operation Tide in January 2017.

The jurors were told that Marshall had been deemed unfit to face trial after being medically assessed. The Court heard how Marshall used his position of trust to sexually abuse boys who were playing for his football team. The abuse took place at a venue where he gave private coaching and in his van.

One of the victims described how at the age of 14 he was assaulted on 7/8 occasions during private lessons but he had been afraid too tell anyone.

Two of the victims came forward after contacting the NSPCC hotline service.

An NSPCC spokesperson said:

“Marshall callously preyed on the footballing ambitions and trust of young boys in order to carry out horrific sexual abuse.His victims were left severely traumatised and too afraid to reveal what happened to them. Today’s verdict underlines why it is so vital that survivors of abuse come forward, no matter how much time has passed, to receive justice and the support they need.

A number of Marshall’s victims contacted the NSPCC’s football abuse helpline on 0800 023 2642 and we urge any survivors of child sexual abuse in football to do the same.”

Jordans Solicitors represent clients who suffered abuse as children whilst participating in sporting clubs and football teams. We would advise anyone affected to report their allegations to the Police and contact us for advice on pursuing a civil claim. We can be contacted free on 0330 300 1103 or you can request a call back and a member of our team will be in touch with you.

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