Kent

Football coach Kevin Ford poses as woman to trick boys into sex acts

A football coach who posed as a woman on the internet has been found guilty of encouraging more than 50 boys to carry out sexual acts via webcam.

Kevin Ford, 25, of Rose Street, Rochester, was convicted of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

Police identified 52 victims after two sets of parents discovered their sons had been speaking to a woman who was only Facebook friends with young boys.

Ford pleaded not guilty during the trial at Maidstone Crown Court.

Kent Police said Ford, who coached a youth football team, posed as a woman called Sarah Sawyer.

'No remorse'

One of the parents also found an email from Sawyer asking their son to carry out sexual acts via webcam.

Kent Police said 21 of his 52 victims - all aged between 12 and 17 - were willing to give evidence.

Det Sgt David Shipley, from the force's paedophile and online investigation team, said: "Despite a massive amount of evidence against him, Kevin Ford continued to deny responsibility.

"By refusing to accept responsibility he has left countless victims and their families in limbo, waiting to see if justice would be done.

"It demonstrates a very real lack of insight into the distress that he has caused, and shows that there is no remorse for his actions."

Ford will be sentenced on 6 November.

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