An England manager at the center of a notorious child sex abuse scandal in professional football has died in prison, the British government’s Ministry of Justice said on Monday.
Barry Bennell, who had worked as a scout for Manchester City and coach at Crewe Alexandra, was serving a 34-year prison sentence for multiple convictions for offenses dating back to the 1970s. He was 69.
Judges at his trials in England had described Bennell as “the devil incarnate” and “a parent’s worst nightmare”.
LUIS RUBIALES RESIGNS AS SPANISH SOCCER PRESIDENT Amid Kiss Controversy
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
The Ministry of Justice said Bennell died on Saturday in Littlehey prison and “as with all deaths in custody, the Prisons and Protection Ombudsman will investigate”.
When Bennell was sentenced most recently in 2020, the court was told he had a detached retina after an attack in prison and was in remission from cancer.
Bennell was first jailed in Florida in 1994 for raping a British boy on a football tour. He was also sentenced to prison in Britain in 1998, 2015, 2018 and 2020.