Man admits sex abuse of young boys in case linked to Teesside grassroots football
A man has admitted sexually abusing young boys – including one 10-year-old – over a period of years in a case linked to Teesside grassroots football.
Anthony Thomas McGrath pleaded guilty to seven charges relating to the abuse of teenagers and children on the day his trial was due to start.
The 41-year-old appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday and admitted the charges before a jury was required to be sworn in.
He pleaded guilty to indecency with an 11-year-old boy between January 27, 1992 and January 5, 1993; three charges of indecent assault spanning from 1997 to 2003 and three charges of sexual activity with a child between 2006 and 2008.
The court heard that one victim was only 10-years-old at the time of the abuse.
Judge Sean Morris told McGrath: “Bail has been granted for a pre-sentence report…the evidence is overwhelming and you have been very sensible to plead today.”
McGrath, formerly of Thornton Street, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough but who is now living in Redcar, was given conditional bail.
He will be back at the court on July 2 when he will be sentenced.