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Bennell charged with eight sexual assault offences

The Crown Prosecution service says former football coach Barry Bennell has been charged with eight offences of sexual assault against a boy aged under 14.

By Jon Francis | Published: 29th November 2016 News Updates

The CPS released the following statement: "On 27 September 2016, the Crown Prosecution Service received a file of evidence from Cheshire Police relating to allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse involving a former football coach, Barry Bennell.

“Following a review of the evidence, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, Mr Bennell, 62, has today been charged with eight offences of sexual assault against a boy under the age of 14.

“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.”

Background:

The charges are:

1. Indecent assault on boy under the age of 14 years

2. Incite a boy under fourteen years of age to commit an act of gross indecency

3. Indecent assault on boy under the age of 14 years

4. Incite a boy under fourteen years of age to commit an act of gross indecency

5. Indecent assault on boy under the age of 14 years

6. Indecent assault on boy under the age of 14 years

7. Indecent assault on boy under the age of 14 years

8. Assault with intent to commit buggery