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Monday 5 December 2016

Coach charged with eight counts of sexual assault against boy (14)

Barry Bennell
Barry Bennell

Former football coach Barry Bennell has been charged with child sex offences, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

The 62-year-old is accused of eight offences of sexual assault against a boy under the age of 14.

On September 27, the CPS received a file of evidence from Cheshire Police relating to allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse involving Bennell.

The offences are alleged to have been committed between 1981 and 1985.

A CPS spokesman said: "The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Bennell will now begin and that he has a right to a fair trial.

"It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

Bennell is due to appear at South Cheshire Magistrates' Court on December 14.

He is charged with five counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14, two counts of inciting a boy under 14 to commit an act of gross indecency, and one count of assault with intent to commit buggery.

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