Coach convicted of sexually abusing young footballers

Former Newcastle United part-time youth coach George Ormond who has been convicted of sexually abusing young players spanning almost 25 years
Former Newcastle United part-time youth coach George Ormond who has been convicted of sexually abusing young players spanning almost 25 years

A predatory paedophile who helped in Newcastle United’s youth set up has been convicted of sexually abusing young players

In the 1970 and 1980s George Ormond coached at a prominent junior club in the city before assisting at the Premier League side in the 1990s and he used his power over his victims’ football futures to prevent them from speaking out.

He was convicted at Newcastle Crown Court of 35 charges of indecent assault and one of indecency. He was cleared of one charge relating to an older Newcastle United player. He will be sentenced later this week.

The trial saw 19 complainants give evidence following an investigation which was sparked in 2016 by media reports of professional football’s sex abuse scandal.

Ormond, 62, had already been jailed for six years in 2002 for 12 indecent assaults on young players.

The coach was remanded in custody ahead of sentence and the judge will hear from one of the victims this afternoon.

The judge excused the panel from further jury service for life after the trial, which lasted more than six weeks, ran longer than expected.

Outside court, Gary Buckley of the CPS said: “For over two decades George Ormond abused young men and boys while working in the youth football scene in the North East of England.

“To many of his victims he was a figure of authority, trust and influence. Instead of nurturing and supporting them, he exploited his role to subject them to sexual abuse.

“I would like to praise the bravery of the many victims who came forward to assist with both the investigation and prosecution.

“They gave evidence in this case which helped the CPS demonstrate that Ormond’s offending was both predatory and prolific.”