Michael Carson, known as Kit Carson, 75, died on the day he was to stand trial. Mr Carson was a former youth football coach for Peterborough United, Cambridge United and Norwich City football clubs.
Mr Carson’s car left the road and hit a tree on the A1303 near Bottisham at 9.45am on Monday, and he died at the scene. No other person or vehicles were involved. Mr Carson’s death will be referred to the coroner.
Mr Carson was accused of sexual abusing boys under the age of 16 whilst he was a football coach. He was due to stand trial at Peterborough Crown Court on Monday. The trial was expected to last up to eight weeks, has been formally discontinued by Judge Matthew Lowe.
Mr Carson was charged with 12 counts of indecent assault and 1 count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. Mr Carson had pleaded not guilty to all the charges. The offences were all alleged to have happened between 1978 and 2009.
The first alleged assault occurred in a hotel in the North of England, while the other offences took place in and around Peterborough. The incitement offence allegedly took place between February 2008 and February 2009 in Cambridge. Mr Carson showed the victim images of scantily clad women while the victim exercised. Former players had claimed that they were routinely made to strip and then exercise. Carson would claim to be examining their muscular development. Other complaints include intimately touching; made to swim naked and massage each other with oil.
One former player, who made allegations to the police, said:
“Kit was a gateway to success. You did what you were told. If you questioned anything you were unprofessional. He used to say: ‘do you trust me? Only on reflection you see it was wrong. I looked up to him as a role model. You felt if you complained, if you went to your parents you would be released for being unprofessional.”
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