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CONVICTED paedophile Barry Bennell has been found guilty of more child sexual abuse after his latest trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

The ex-football coach was charged with 55 offences, including 42 counts of indecent assault.

PA:Press Association Barry Bennell has been found guilty of vile child sex crimes

He pleaded guilty to seven child sex offences on January 8, but a jury was sworn in for his trial on the outstanding 48 charges.

He was today found guilty of a further 38 charges including indecent assault and rape of boys.

The jury will resume deliberations on seven outstanding charges tomorrow.

The charges against the 64-year-old, now known as Richard Jones, involved 11 boys and took place between 1979 and 1991.

AP:Associated Press The 64-year-old, pictured in 1995, had already pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault

The five men and six women on the jury were sent out to continue considering their verdicts at 10.20am on Tuesday.
They began deliberations on Thursday morning.

The serial paedophile was convicted of abusing more young footballers after grooming them with claims that he could fulfil their dreams of a career in the sport.

Bennell stared at the floor as the verdicts were read out as he appeared via videolink from prison due to ill health

He had chosen not to give evidence in his defence in the trial.

The 64-year-old has previously received three jail sentences for similar offences.

During the course of his trial, he was described as a “child molester on an industrial scale” who would not just groom his victims, but also their families.

Victims who had been coached by Bennell as boys told how he had a “power hold” over them as they dreamed of becoming professional footballers.

PA:Press Association Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of former football coach Barry Bennell

He was said to have been treated like “God” at Manchester City’s Maine Road ground.

He abused the boys at his homes, where he had arcade games and exotic pets including a puma and a monkey, but also on trips away and in his car while on the way to and from training.

His barrister, Eleanor Laws QC, described him as being a “sitting target” after being convicted of child sexual abuse in the 1990s and in 2015.

She said: “The defendant is a known target and he coached these boys.

“They know when making allegations, whether truthful or not, that they are making allegations against a convicted paedophile.”

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