George Ormond “used his position of power” to abuse 18 boys and young men between 1973 and 1998, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
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The 62-year-old coached a grassroots football club in the 1970s and 1980s before going on to work for United’s youth system in the 1990s.
BBC reports that the Newcastle Crown Court heard he used his “position of power” to abuse 18 boys and young men between 1973 and 1998.
The accused was convicted of 35 charges of indecent assault and one of indecency as it was learnt that while he acted as a kit man at the premiership club in the 1990s, he used his trusted position in the football community to “groom and manipulate” boys and young men, the court heard.
Ormond, who the court was told has been living at temporary addresses in Gateshead, was cleared of two further charges following a six-week trial.
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The jury was told Ormond “manipulated his position” and held out a “glittering future” to young players, but could block their progress if they stood up to him.
The Judge Edward Bindloss said Ormond must sign the sex offenders register for life, adding: “Evidence called in this trial showed that, over a 25 year period, George Ormond was a man wholly preoccupied with sex, who used his position as a respected football coach to target boys and young men in his care, to whom he was in a position of trust, to groom and manipulate and sexually assault.”
He added that it was clear some of the victims did not want to relive their terrible ordeals to a court full of strangers.
“No-one listening to this trial could fail to have been moved by the complainants and other witnesses, over six weeks of evidence, largely men in their 50s, largely from working class and sporting backgrounds, speaking with quiet, calm dignity about how they failed to understand what was happening to them and how, because of the times they lived in and the circumstances of their lives, meant they were unable to speak about it,” he said.
“Victim after victim” discussed the shame and embarrassment they live with so many years later, he added.
“Some of your victims, you said you didn’t even remember. What was for you momentary sexual gratification was, for your victims, a lifetime of difficulty.”
One victim said the offending left him a “broken man” and added: “Football was everything to me. This dream turned into a living nightmare.”
Others described the lifelong effects the sexual ordeals have had on their lives which included feelings of guilt for not speaking up sooner, shame and embarrassment.