Former football coach Paul Whelan jailed for sex offences against five boys

Former football coach Paul Whelan jailed for sex offences against five boys

A FORMER football coach behind bars for indecent assault has been jailed for a further 56 months for historical sex offences against five teenage boys.

Paul Whelan, 58, of Maida Vale, Thornton, Lancashire, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court on Thursday, November 15.

He was sentenced after pleading guilty to five counts of sexual offences against five young boys dating back to the late 1980s and 1990s.

At the time Whelan was a football coach with Wyre Juniors Football club in Lancashire.

The victims were all aged between 14 and 16 years old at the time.

Previous offences

They came forward and reported the abuse after Whelan was jailed for three years and three months in September 2017 for similar offences.

On that occasion, he admitted to three counts of indecent assault against two boys between the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s.

The new sentence is to run consecutively and will began once his current sentence has been served.

Brave victims praised

Chris Scott, from Lancashire’s Operation Fervent, which investigates historical abuse cases, described Whelan as a serial sex offender.

“First and foremost I would like to commend these victims who were brave enough to come forward and report the offences against them and see this through the judicial process,” he said.

“As has been proven Paul Whelan is a serial sex offender who exploited his position to abuse these young boys who should have been able to look to him for support and guidance.

“Lancashire Constabulary remains committed to investigating offences of this nature, no matter how historic, and no matter what the role, position and status of the alleged offender, and we would encourage anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence to come forward safe in the knowledge that they will be treated sensitively and professionally.”