Telford school football coach denies child sex offences

A Telford school football coach has denied a string of child sex offences involving mobile phones and social media.

Joe Hall, 25, who held a supervisory role at a school in the town, has denied eight counts, including multiple charges of sexual activity with children between 13 and 17 in his charge.

He made not guilty pleas at Shrewsbury Crown Court and will now face trial.

The charges mainly relate to alleged activity over mobile phones, including sending and requesting sexual pictures and videos.

The offences are claimed to have taken place between January 2014 and March 2017.

Hall, of Brands Farm Way, Randlay, is accused of indecent exposure and inciting a child to sexual activity with one victim and showing two others under 16 a video of a sexual act.

With another alleged victim he is accused of sending lewd pictures and a pornographic video link, inciting a child to observe him in a live feed on Snapchat and inciting a child to send sexual images to him.

With another child he is accused of sending photos and text containing sexual references, and inciting them to engage in sexual activity.

There is also one charge of possessing extreme pornographic images involving animals.

The offences are said to have been committed while he was in a position of responsibility for the youngsters concerned.

Hall pleaded not guilty to all counts and has been released on conditional bail.

A date for his trial has been set for April 16 next year, with a pre-trail case management hearing set to take place on December 21.

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