Who is the man who has brought so much shame on Newcastle United Football Club?
Branded a “predatory abuser” by a Newcastle judge, George Ormond was imprisoned in 2002 for a string of sex attacks on young boys.
The shamed soccer coach was sentenced to six years behind bars for offences involving seven different boys over almost 25 years.
Now with the footballing community rocked by claims of historic sex abuse in the sport, what do we know about Ormond.
Who is George Ormond?
George Ormond is a former football coach who served a six-year prison sentence for a series of sex attacks on young boys over a 24-year period.
He volunteered as a coach for the youth team at Newcastle United in the mid-1990s. He was also a coach at the Montagu and North Fenham boys football club.
What was he convicted of?
In 2002 a Newcastle Crown Court jury found Ormond guilty of 12 charges of indecent assault and another of attempted indecent assault involving seven different boys between 1975 and 1999.
Jailing him and ordering him to be placed on the sex offender register for life, Judge Esmond Faulks branded the then 46-year-old print firm manager a predator.
“The evidence demonstrates you have been a predatory abuser of young boys,” Judge Faulks said.
“You abused your position as a football coach for boys’ clubs to target vulnerable children.
“You ingratiated yourself with their parents and prevented disclosure by the power you wielded over them as their coach.”
Ormond, who worked in a part-time post for United between 1993 and 98 developing the club’s 16-year-old players, had worked with local boys’ clubs.
But behind the public front was a man “wholly preoccupied with sex”.
The trial heard that he preyed on youngsters too frightened to reveal their ordeals, groping them in his car and even on the treatment table.
Ormond maintained that he was the innocent victim of a conspiracy of lies.
At the time the Chronicle reported that following the case Northumbria Police said there may be more victims whose allegations would be investigated if they came forward.
What has happened now?
An ex-Newcastle United footballer has spoken out about being abused by Ormond amid growing reports of historic sex abuse in the sport.
The allegations relate to Ormond’s time prior to his spell in charge of Newcastle United’s youth team.
A growing number of football stars have been speaking out over abuse claims, including former Sunderland and England midfielder Paul Stewart.
And Northumbria Police has launched an in-depth investigation into allegations of abuse at Newcastle United during the 1980s and 90s.