Ex-Posh coach ac­cused of child sex of­fences

Michael ‘Kit’ Car­son charged with 12 of­fences re­lat­ing to sex­ual abuse of boys

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A for­mer Peter­bor­ough United coach will ap­pear in court af­ter he was charged in con­nec­tion with his­toric sex­ual of­fences against chil­dren. Michael Car­son - bet­ter known as ‘Kit’ through­out his ca­reer - of St Bartholomew’s Court, River­side, Cam­bridge was charged with a to­tal of 12 of­fences on Fri­day when he an­swered po­lice bail.

The 74-year-old had been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the al­le­ga­tions last year fol­low­ing a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Car­son was the Peter­bor­ough United Academy Di­rec­tor for eight years, hold­ing the post at London Road be­tween 1993 and 2001.

He also worked for other foot­ball clubs in the east of Eng­land, in­clud­ing Cam­bridge United and Nor­wich City.

Car­son has been charged with 11 counts of in­de­cent as­sault, and one of in­cit­ing a child to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity. The of­fences are al­leged to have hap­pened be­tween 1978 and 2009 and in­volve 11 vic­tims, all boys un­der the age of 16.

Cam­bridgeshire po­lice said the al­leged of­fences are claimed to have mainly taken place in Cam­bridgeshire, with some out­side the county, but the force has not said whether any of the al­leged of­fences are con­nected to his time at London Road.

Car­son has now been re­leased on con­di­tional bail to at­tend a hear­ing at Cam­bridge Mag­is­trates’ Court on Tues­day, April 17.

The NSPCC has set up a helpline specif­i­cally for peo­ple to re­port con­cerns around foot­ball-based sex­ual abuse. Peo­ple can raise con­cerns by call­ing the num­ber on 0800 0232642.

In separate pro­ceed­ings an­other for­mer Peter­bor­ough United coach, Bob Hig­gins, has pleaded not guilty to a num­ber of charges re­lat­ing to his­tor­i­cal abuse and will stand trial .

Hig­gins (64) faces 50 charges, in­clud­ing car­ry­ing out in­de­cent as­saults on 24 boys aged un­der 18 be­tween 1970 and 1996.

Hig­gins was youth team man­ager at Peter­bor­ough United from May 1995 to April 1996 when he left by mu­tual con­sent.

Michael ‘Kit’ Car­son

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