Ex-football coach Barry Bennell charged with sex offences
Former football coach Barry Bennell has been charged with nine sexual offences.
Bennell, also known as Richard Jones, appeared via videolink at Warrington Magistrates' Court on Monday morning to face charges relating to two complainants, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
Geoff Fryar, head of the complex casework unit of CPS Mersey Cheshire, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service can confirm that Richard Jones, aka Barry Bennell, on Monday appeared at Warrington Magistrates' Court via video link from HMP Littlehey.
"At the hearing Jones, 66, was charged with nine sexual offences in relation to two complainants.
"He has been charged with one count of buggery and six counts of indecent assault in relation to one complainant and two counts of buggery in relation to the second complainant.
"The CPS made the decision to charge Mr Bennell, a former football coach, after reviewing a file of evidence from Cheshire Police relating to allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse."
Bennell previously worked as a coach for Crewe Alexandra and a scout for Manchester City.