Former British football coach, Barry Bennell was on Monday sentenced to 31 years in prison for sexually abusing young boys he preyed on while working as a football coach.
The former Manchester City coach was convicted of 50 child sexual offences against children as young as eight but many were specimen counts to reflect abuses committed on an “industrial scale” between 1979 and 1991.
The 64-year-old was convicted of offences against 12 boys but another 86 complainants have since come forward, pushing his potential victims over 100.
Bennell has already served three jail terms, including one in the US, since 1995 for similar offences involving 16 other victims.
There is no suggestion that he has committed any offences since the mid-1990s and had undergone a number of treatment programmes while in custody, Ms Laws said.
Bennell used football coaching to abuse boys on tours, at Butlin’s and in his car, while luring them to his homes in the Peak District where he had arcade games and exotic pets including a puma and a monkey.
He had been found guilty of verdicts on 43 counts of abuse against 11 boys who were aged between eight and 15 at the time, including offences of buggery, attempted buggery and indecent assault.
Bennell pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault involving three boys, including a 12th victim.