Ex Petone Football Club manager up on child sex charges

A former soccer club manager is facing charges of sexually abusing children over a timespan of more than 20 years.

Grant Williams, 69, of Maungaraki, appeared in Lower Hutt District court yesterday facing 15 charges including indecent assault and sexual violation.

Williams was a long-time member of Petone Football Club and its manager for several years.

The charges relate to four boys who were aged between 9 and 12 at the time of the alleged abuse. Most of the abuse was said to have happened in the 1980s, though one charge is for an indecent assault in 1962.

Williams was remanded on bail for a pre-depositions hearing on June 11. He refused to comment on the allegations outside court yesterday.

Football club chairman Craig Deadman confirmed Williams’ former position at the club and said police had told him of the allegations.

Williams left the club in 1995 because of declining sponsorship and had not had any involvement since, Mr Deadman said.

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