DUBAI // A football coach has been jailed for three years for sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy he trained.
The 35-year-old Indian denied five counts of sexual assault as well as charges of issuing threats, inciting sin among teenagers and possessing child pornography but he was convicted of all of them.
On Wednesday he lost his appeal for a reduced term as Dubai Court of Appeal upheld his three-year sentence, followed by deportation.
The court was told that he took naked pictures of his victim then threatened to post the pictures on Facebook if the boy did not comply with his wishes.
The coach also sent other children pornographic images to incite them to commit sin and he stored the naked pictures of several children with the intent to use them to blackmail his victims.
“No, nothing like that happened,” the coach said in court. “I took no pictures and I didn’t threaten or blackmail anyone. The phone that has the pictures on it doesn’t belong to me. It’s for a friend who flew to his homeland and left it with me.”
The coach first befriended the 15-year-old Indian boy on Facebook about four months before the assault in October last year.
“He started training me and my friends and used to drive [us] to and from home but, on October 15, after he dropped everyone else [off], he took me to a sandy plot behind a school then locked the doors and forced me to take my clothes off,” the boy said.
The coach threatened him with the pictures then abused him before warning him against telling anyone or else he would post the nude images on Facebook, the boy added.
He told his parents, who reported the incident to police.
The policeman who arrested the coach said: “We apprehended him and he confessed to me that he had in fact assaulted the boy sexually then said that he did it to several other children, as he was driving children home after training and abused the last one left in the car.”
The 48-year-old Emirati officer said numerous nude images of children were found on the coach’s smartphone.
Prosecutors and police said the man confessed to all charges during investigations.
Source: uae news