Paedophile football coach jailed for 20 years

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A predatory paedophile who worked with Newcastle United's youth players and sexually abused boys over three decades has been jailed for 20 years.

George Ormond, 62, worked with a prominent youth team in the city in the 1970s and 1980s, before assisting at the Premier League club in the 1990s.

He used his power over impressionable and ambitious boys, one as young as 11, to sexually abuse them and keep them silent.

Judge Edward Bindloss, sitting at Newcastle Crown Court, said: "Evidence showed that over a 25-year period, George Ormond was a man wholly preoccupied with sex who used his position as a respected football coach to target boys and young men in his care."

Ormond was convicted on Tuesday of 35 indecent assaults and one count of indecency.