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Football coach Bob Higgins guilty of abusing trainees

Football coach Bob Higgins guilty of abusing trainees

Bob Higgins had denied molesting 24 boys
A former youth football coach has been found guilty of indecently assaulting young trainees.Bob Higgins sexually touched and groped 24 boys, mostly trainees at Southampton FC and Peterborough United, between 1971 and 1996.A jury at Bournemouth Crown Court found him guilty of 45 counts of indecent assault.He was cleared of five counts of the same offence. The jury failed to reach a decision on a further count.The 'star-maker' who abused young footballers
Higgins was found guilty of a further count of indecent assault after a trial last year. The allegations arose after the NSPCC set up a dedicated helpline for people who had encountered childhood abuse within football following coverage on BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme in November 2016. Higgins is due to be sentenced at a later date.
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