A PROMINENT football coach who has worked for a host of clubs including Preston North End Women’s FC has been charged with 18 offences against children after an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse.
Anthony Chattell, 27, of Fulwood Heights, Fulwood, who worked at several clubs across Lancashire, will appear before Preston magistrates.
He is accused of a sexual assault on a girl aged 13 to 15, four counts of attempting to facilitate the commission of a child sex offence, two counts of causing or inciting a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity, two of causing a child aged 13 to 15 to watch an image of sexual activity and one count of harassment.
Chattell also faces eight counts of making indecent photographs of children.
He is due to appear at Preston Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, April 7.
The charges relate to seven girls, aged between 13 and 16, and were allegedly committed between February 2008 and December 2014.
Throughout his career, Chattell has worked for PNE Womens, including a stint as caretaker manager of the women’s first team, guiding them to the semi-finals of the Premier League Cup.
He has also worked for Runshaw College and Accrington Stanley Football Club.
The Evening Post understands a coach at another football team blew the whistle after alleged victims came forward to report offences.
This club cannot be identified for legal reasons.
Today the chief executive of Lancashire Football Association, David Burgess, was unable to comment.
The national FA also said they could not comment due to the legal proceedings.
Chattell is a UEFA B-licensed coach, and has a degree in Sports Coaching.
A police spokesman said: “We take all allegations of sexual abuse extremely seriously and we would encourage people with any information about sexual abuse or who has been a victim of sexual abuse to come forward and report their concerns confident in the knowledge it will be investigated appropriately and with sensitivity.”