November 2018

Ex-football coach sexually abused boys

A man abused five boys when he was a football coach in the late 1970s and early 80s, a jury has found.

John Marshall, 71, faced 11 charges of indecent assault. Two of his victims came forward after contacting an NSPCC hotline set up two years ago.

Marshall of Longbenton, North Tyneside, was deemed unfit to face trial after being assessed.

But in a trial of facts at Newcastle Crown Court a jury decided he committed the acts he was charged with.

The hearing was told Marshall had sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy when he was giving him private coaching lessons.

The court also heard the boy claimed to have been assaulted on seven or eight occasions but had been too afraid to tell anyone.

Marshall was arrested in January 2017 as part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Tide, an ongoing investigation into allegations of child abuse at football clubs in the North East.