Bennell guilty of multiple sex assaults against youth footballers

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The 64-year-old has been convicted of 36 charges, with the jury set to spend more time deliberating further counts

Former youth football coach Barry Bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against boys he targeted in the 1980s.

Bennell was convicted of 36 charges at Liverpool Crown Court and the jury asked for more time to consider further counts, with deliberations to resume on Wednesday.

The 64-year-old denied 48 offences that related to indecent assault and serious sexual assaults against boys aged eight to 15. The judge directed jurors to enter three not guilty verdicts.

Bennell, who appeared in court via videolink, was associated with a number of clubs during his time working as a coach and a scout, including Crewe Alexandra, Manchester City and Stoke City.

He was described in court by prosecutors as a "predatory and determined paedophile" and compared to the Child Catcher from 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'.

Bennell has previously been sentenced to three different jail terms in the UK and the USA  having been convicted of abusing children.

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