West Brom coach arrested over alleged sex attack on 13-year-old schoolboy
10:31 GMT, 22 April 2012
A West Brom academy coach has been arrested over allegations of a sex attack on a young boy in the changing rooms.
Mark O’Shea, 34, has worked with young prospects for almost five years, running the under-seven to under-11 groups at Albion’s academy.
But the club has confirmed O’Shea had been arrested and interviewed after colleagues became 'concerned' about his behaviour towards some of the boys. They alerted club officials who suspended O'Shea and called in the police.
Incident: A West Brom academy coach was arrested for an alleged sex attack
Some trainees are believed to have been uncomfortable that O’Shea showered with them at the club’s Halfords Lane training complex, near the Hawthorns stadium.
O’Shea was arrested on March 31 and questioned about an alleged sexual assault on a boy under 13. He is on bail while inquiries continue. It is believed they may centre on complaints made by as many as three schoolboys.
A father with a boy at the academy said: 'Everyone is in shock.
'Coaches at big academies can become Gods to these boys. This is a nightmare made flesh.'
West Midlands Police confirmed: 'A 34-year-old man from Sutton Coldfield has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child under 13 and bailed while further enquiries take place.' O’Shea said on Saturday night: 'I have no comment to make.'