May 2018: George Ormond, 61, of Westwood View, Newton Abbot, Devon faces 29 charges which relate to 17 complainants, and which were said to have occurred between 1973 and 1998.
Football coach gets six years for abusing boys
A former Newcastle United football coach who used his position to molest young boys has been jailed for six years by a judge who branded him a “predatory abuser”.
George Ormond, who once worked part-time at the club’s youth scheme, carried out a string of indecent assaults over almost 25 years.
He was caught after one of his victims secretly taped a conversation between them more than a decade after the attacks. A jury at Newcastle Crown Court listened to the tape in which Ormond apparently apologised.
Ormond, 46, from Newcastle, denied 15 counts of indecent assault on seven boys – five under the age of 16 and two older teenagers – between 1975 and 1999.
But he was convicted today of 12 indecent assaults and one attempted indecent assault after having earlier been acquitted of the other attacks on the directions of the trial judge .
The jury had heard how the highly-respected coach in youth circles used his standing in the game to bring youngsters under his power.
The court was told that Ormond carried out his attacks at various locations including youth club changing rooms, in his car and at the homes of some victims.
Michael Hodson, prosecuting, had told the jury how Ormond was “wholly preoccupied with sex”.
Sentencing Ormond, Judge Esmond Faulks said: “The evidence demonstrates you were a predatory abuser of young boys. You used your position as a football coach to target vulnerable young children.
“You ingratiated yourself with their parents and prevented disclosure by the power you wielded over them as their coach.
“If I could make an order disqualifying you from working with children for life I would but because of the dates of these offences I am not able to do that.”
Ormond, who stood passively in suit and tie during sentencing, had maintained throughout his trial he was the victim of a conspiracy between the men and had never abused them.