Child sexual abuse in football

Football coach who abused boys given absolute discharge

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

A former North East football coach has been given an absolute discharge despite a jury finding he abused five boys in the 1970s and early 1980s.

John Marshall, 71, from Longbenton in North Tyneside, faced 11 charges of indecent assault.

He was deemed unfit to plead by doctors and so a trial of facts took place at Newcastle Crown Court.

A jury found that he did commit the offences.

A judge today issued him with an absolute discharge meaning that he has a criminal record but no further action is taken.

Judge Stephen Earl said “I do not see this necessarily (as) the right outcome but the statutory outcome that I have no alternative to pass.”

John Marshall