Former youth footballer tells court two coaches sexually abused him?
The complainant, who was on the books of Peterborough United as a schoolboy and a trainee, told the court he was manipulated, brainwashed and indecently assaulted by one of the club’s coaches, Bob Higgins.
He also claimed he was ordered to drop his shorts by another coach, Kit Carson, as they discussed a crucial assessment in his office. The complainant, who can only be identified as U, said Carson looked at him naked and told him he was developing well.
Higgins, now 66, is on trial at Bournemouth crown court, where he denies 51 counts of indecent assault against 24 boys between the early 1970s and mid-1990s.
The prosecution alleges Higgins was a predatory paedophile who used his power as one of the sport’s kingmakers to carry out a 25-year campaign of sexual abuse against boys as young as 11. Higgins, who also worked at Southampton between the mid-1970s and late 1980s and ran his own football academy, is credited with helping develop a string of star players.
Why is England full of paedophiles?