Boys' sex attacker jailed for four years

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A junior football coach has been jailed for four years four sexually assaulting three boys under the age of 13.

Graham Long, 46, carried out the offences in 2008 and 2009 at his then home in Leeds.

Long, now of Talbot Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to five offences of sexual assault.

Leeds Crown Court heard how the offences included sexually touching the youngsters when they slept at his home.

The offences came to light when his third victim complained about what happened and he was arrested in April 2009.

His first two victims then came forward to report what had previously happened to them.

Sophie Drake, prosecuting, said all three boys had been badly affected by what Long had done to them.

One of victims had been diagnosed as suffering from anxiety, had trouble sleeping and had been bullied at school as a result.

Richard Reed, mitigating, said: "All the professional views are that he is a man in denial, struggling to come to terms with his actions."

The barrister said Long insisted he could not remember carrying out the offences.

Jailing long, judge Scott Wolstenholme described the offences as a "gross breach of trust."

He said: "You left your victims feeling disgusted with themselves, ashamed and traumatised."

He was made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order banning him from working with people aged under 16 in the future.

Long was also put on the sex offenders' register for life.

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