Ex-football coach Barry Bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against boys in the 1980s.
Liverpool Crown Court heard Bennell had a “power hold” over aspiring players aged between eight and 15 and abused them on an “industrial scale”.
The 64-year-old was convicted of 36 charges against 10 boys, including indecent and serious sexual assaults.
The jury is still considering verdicts on seven counts and will continue their deliberations on Wednesday.
During the trial the judge had directed them to find Bennell not guilty on three other charges.
Prosecutors had described Bennell as a “predatory and determined paedophile”.
They compared him to the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, while his victims described his home as a “paradise” for young boys, where they would play games and be given takeaway food.
Boys were abused at his home – where he had arcade games and exotic pets including a puma and a …