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Jailed soccer coach ‘may have had more victims’

Man who abused child at his Highbury home is sentenced to 14 years in prison

05 October, 2018 — By Emily Finch

POLICE have warned that there may be further victims after a football coach and social worker who abused a child at his Highbury home in the 1970s was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Chetin Hussyin, 66, who had moved to Cornwall, was convicted at Blackfriars Crown Court of abusing three boys between 1971 and 1984.

Hussyin’s former lodger, Robert Thompson, 63, from Maida Vale, was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday after being found guilty of two counts of indecent assault on a male at the same court.

Detective Constable Dee Molloy, from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, who helped lead the investigation, said: “We believe there may well be further victims of Hussyin and Thompson out there, and would urge anyone with information to come forward and report it to police. You will be treated with the utmost respect and confidentiality.”

Detective Constable Molloy reassured any survivors of abuse that their identities would be protected.

She told the Tribune: “There are a number of ways to protect vulnerable or intimidated victims at court to protect their identity if this is required. We will always work with the victim to come to a suitable arrangement. The Met will never give up in the search and apprehension of abusers whether recent or non-recent.”

Hussyin had a long history of working with children, first as an under-16s football coach in Turnpike Lane, Haringey, between 1971 and 1973.

He later became a youth worker before training to be a social worker. He was registered as a social worker until December last year when he was suspended – a year-and-half after the first victim came forward to police.

The court heard that Hussyin befriended two males, a 16-year-old and a 14-year-old, while working as a coach and abused them at his home in Hornsey.

He would later sexually assault a child who was between eight and nine years old in 1977 at his house in Highbury which he shared with lodger Thompson. The child’s parents trusted Hussyin because of his profession as a social worker and the abuse continued for four years, even after Hussyin and Thompson moved to Muswell Hill.

The Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command started investigating Hussyin and Thompson after the youngest victim came forward in May 2016.

A jury found Hussyin guilty of two counts of buggery, two counts of indecency with a child and eight counts of indecent assault on a male.
Haringey Council said Hussyin was not employed by them after 1983 and were not conducting an investigation into his time there but would help the police in any way they can.

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