Sun. Dec 5th, 2021

A former south London football coach and youth worker from the Croydon Council has been jailed for sexually abusing four schoolboys over a 30-year period.

David Hughes, 66, targeted three of the children while working in youth clubs in New Addington and as a volunteer football coach between 1988 and 1995.

Additional offenses were committed against a teenager between 2017 and 2018.

The investigation into Hughes’ abuse occurred after the mother of a victim appeared in September 2018 and told officers, “I want to report a pedophile.”

News Buyer: Croydon Crown Court (NS)Croydon Crown Court (NS)

He was arrested in possession of a black bag containing children’s underwear in December 2018.

Today (November 25), Hughes was sentenced in Croydon Crown Court to ten years, consisting of nine years in prison and one year of extended license.

He was also given an order for the prevention of sexual assault and put on the register of sex offenders for life.

Hughes was previously found guilty of ten counts of indecent assault on three boys aged eight to 13, two counts of sexual activity with a boy aged 13 to 15 and two counts of having the same boy engage in sexual activity. activity.

His youngest victim was just eight years old when the assaults began.

News Buyer: Wayne Groves (SWNS)Wayne Groves (SWNS)

Wayne Groves, 42, came forward to reveal that Hughes cared for him from the age of 11, and showered him with gifts, including expensive football jerseys and trips to the cinema.

Hughes sexually abused Wayne on at least five occasions after luring him back to his home.

Wayne said those meetings kept happening for about two years until he lost interest in football and moved away from the area.

He said, “I never talked about it to anyone on the estate, it was a running joke that he was a predator, but no one ever talked about it in a personal matter.”

Although he lost touch with Hughes, the effects of the addiction have haunted him all his life as he suffered from PTSD and depression as a result.

Another eleven-year-old was given cider before being sexually assaulted.

The court also heard that Hughes would encourage the young football players to wear shorts instead of training pants and that they should wear panties under their shorts instead of boxers.

He also rubbed cream such as deep heat into the boys’ legs before matches or training.

Stephanie Dodd of CPS said: “David Hughes sought out young boys who loved football.

“He took a job where he could get close to these children and used their love and appreciation of a sport to nurture and abuse them.

“He showered them with sports gifts such as boots and tops. All the while, he was in a position of trust and betrayed the very principles of his role.

“Many of these young schoolboys described feeling powerless to stop the abuse at the time.

“They have since come forward and given strong testimony against their abuser, allowing the jury to convict him.

“Meanwhile, Hughes has shown some remorse.

“When the allegations were first made to him, he said, ‘I do not recognize any of the names, which is hardly surprising since I have trained thousands of children over the years.’

“CPS is absolutely committed to bringing sexual predators to justice regardless of the time since the violation.

“I hope this prosecution will comfort the victims of this man.”

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