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Former football coach and serial paedophile Barry Bennell has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two young boys more than 30 years ago.
The former Crewe Alexandra coach and Manchester City talent scout entered the guilty pleas at Chester Crown Court today (July 31).
The 66-year-old, also known as Richard Jones, is currently in prison after being convicted of similar offences in 2018.
He appeared via video link at Chester Crown Court from HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire, where he admitted nine sexual offences in relation to two victims.
The boys were aged between 10 and 14-years-old at the time of the offences, which date back to the 1980s.
Bennell has already been convicted of of child abuse on three previous occasions. He was handed jail sentences related 50 child sexual offences and is currently serving a 31-year prison term.
Following the delivery of the verdict in 2018, it was revealed Bennell may have more than 100 victims in total
The case has now been adjourned until October 5, when Bennell will be sentenced at Chester Crown Court.
Chester Crown Court.
Detective Inspector Sarah Oliver, who has been leading on the case, said: “Today, Barry Bennell has pleaded guilty to a number of sexual offences – sparing his victims the trauma of having to re-live what happened to them during a trial.
"This would undoubtedly have been a very difficult and upsetting experience for them. I hope that this decision will help to provide some closure after so many years of pain trying to deal with and make sense of what happened to them.
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“Bennell abused his position of trust as a football coach for his own sexual gratification. He was highly regarded in his field and took advantage of this by preying on these two young boys at a time in their life when he knew they were vulnerable and dreamt of making it in the world of professional football. He knew exactly what he was doing was wrong but carried on regardless.
“Anyone who has suffered from sexual abuse – whether it took place recently or many years ago – should never feel ashamed about talking about what has happened to them. Help and support is available to those who need it. I commend the victims for their bravery and courage in this case and would like to thank them for their support throughout the investigation.”
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An NSPCC spokesperson said: “Although Bennell is already serving a long prison sentence for his awful crimes, these latest guilty pleas show that further victims should not be deterred from coming forward and seeking justice.
“Their bravery cannot be understated - and we would urge anyone who has experienced sexual abuse to speak out, no matter when it happened. By doing so, they can get the support they need, and ensure offenders like Bennell face the justice they deserve.”
Adults with concerns about children, or who have experienced abuse in the past can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 8005000 or email email@example.com.