Devon football coach charged with sex abuse

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A Devon football coach has been charged following allegations that he sexually abused children.

Tony Mitchell, an Exeter man, has been bailed and is due to appear before Exeter Magistrates Court on 11th February 2014. He will reportedly face charges of sex abuse offences against children, including indecent assault and intent to commit a sexual act with a child.

It is understood that Mr Mitchell began coaching a youth football team in the Exeter area in the 1960’s and the historic allegations involve victims who are now in their 50’s. It is not yet clear whether Mr Mitchell is alleged to have committed the offences in his role as a football coach. What is clear at this stage is that the police have acted on reports of historic abuse, which offers encouragement to those considering coming forward to report similar experiences.

The sex abuse legal team at Slee Blackwell’s Devon and Somerset offices have specialist experience in acting for victims who have suffered sexual abuse in a variety of contexts. We have a growing national reputation in this niche area of law and were recently featured in a front page lead story in The Sunday Times.

We offer a free and confidential helpline that you can call and are able to deal with cases on a No Win – No Fee basis.

Although it is important not to delay in seeking specialist legal advice, victims of historic sex abuse should not be put off contacting us, even if the offence took place decades ago.

We also run a dedicated website where you can find a wealth of valuable information about the relevant law and how to claim compensation for sex abuse.

If you have suffered sexual abuse and are considering a claim for sex abuse compensation then email us now or call in confidence on freephone 0808 139 1597.