A former youth soccer coach has been jailed for 24 years and three months for abusing younger gamers.
Bob Higgins sexually touched and groped 24 victims, most of them trainees at Southampton FC and Peterborough United.
In Could, Higgins, 66, was discovered responsible at a retrial of 45 counts of indecent assault between 1971 and 1996. He was convicted of one other depend final yr.
Victims informed Winchester Crown Court docket of suicidal ideas and relationship issues later in life.
Passing sentence, Choose Peter Crabtree described Higgins as a “crafty and manipulative” serial intercourse abuser who “rigorously groomed” the youngsters in a predatory method.
Throughout Higgins’ trial, prosecutors informed the courtroom he was “idolised” by trainees, who considered him as a mentor and father determine.
Victims stated they have been abused throughout post-exercise soapy massages, in Higgins’ automotive whereas he performed love songs on the stereo and at his dwelling the place he cuddled with boys on his couch.
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