[United Kingdom] Ex-football coach Bob Higgins jailed for 24 years for abusing young players

The Guardian

Bob Higgins, 66, from Southampton, was found guilty last year of one count of indecent assault, and a further 45 counts in a retrial at Bournemouth Crown Court.

The trials heard that Higgins abused his position of power over young players to take advantage of them for his own sexual purposes during his time running youth training programmes at Southampton and Peterborough United.

He was convicted of groping them during post-exercise soapy massages as well as at his home and in his car.

Many of his victims described Higgins as God-like, a mentor and a father figure, showing the influence he held over them.