Ex-footballer jailed for 11 years for abusing boys

PUBLISHED: 14:19 26 April 2017 | UPDATED: 19:11 26 April 2017

Jose Castellano-Gonzales

Jose Castellano-Gonzales

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An ex-professional footballer from Spain has been jailed for 11 years for abusing five boys while in Britain.

Former Tenerife player Jose Castellano-Gonzales, aged 25, denied 13 offences of sexual assault on five boys at a trial at Exeter Crown Court in January, but was convicted of all charges.

He was this week jailed for 11 years, with a one year extended licence by Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC.

The judge put him on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and imposed an indefinite sexual harm prevention (SHPO) order which restricts his access to children after his release.

The judge told Castellano-Gonzales: “You have caused untold damage to the victims, as was clear from some of the evidence at the trial. What you did had a potentially profound effect, as I have read in the victim statements.

“The damage you did is untold and, understandably, had a profound effect.”

Castellano-Gonzales was not represented because his previous legal team have withdrawn from the case. His only contribution was to ask the judge whether the SHPO applied outside Britain and to say: “I am innocent.”

During the trial in January, the jury heard that all the offences occurred while Castellano was working in Britain.

Castellano-Gonzales had been a professional footballer for a minor league side Portugal before being signed to the B team at Tenerife at a time when the A team were in the top division and playing Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Speaking after the judge passed sentence, the NSPCC welcomed the jail term given to Castellano-Gonzales.

An NSPCC spokesperson for South West England said: “His victims have shown enormous bravery in speaking out and it is thanks to them that he now faces the consequences of his actions.

“Abuse can ruin childhoods and it is vital children who have been affected get the support they need rather than suffer in silence, as sadly so many do.”

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