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Telford school football coach exposed himself to teenage girl, court told

By Aimee Jones | Telford | Crime | Published:

A school football coach from Telford exposed himself to a 15-year-old girl in his car, a court has heard.

Joe Hall, 26, of Brands Farm Way, Randlay, denies eight offences including multiple charges of sexual activity with children.

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

At Shrewsbury Crown Court yesterday, one of his victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the defendant gave her a lift home one day and told her she must ‘return the favour’, before exposing himself.

“He used to watch me at dance competitions,” she said. “He used to make eye contact with me and would just stare. It made me feel really uncomfortable.

“Not long after he got my number, I don’t know how, but he started messaging me. I was 15 when the texting began. At the start he was asking about dancing but then he started asking me if I wanted a lift home and asking me for pictures. This went on for about three weeks but at the time I didn’t think anything of it.

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“He also said he wanted to see me dance on a pole and that made me uncomfortable. I told him no and that he was creepy.”

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The next time the witness saw Hall was when she was waiting at a bus stop in Telford, she said.

“Because I know him and his family, I thought it would be okay so I got in the car with him,” she said. “He dropped me off around the corner and said I needed to return the favour. I didn’t understand what he was on about. Then he un-did his trousers and I got out of the car and ran home.”

Hall is accused of indecent exposure and of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and showing a video of a sexual act.

The court heard that he is also accused of sending lewd pictures and a pornographic video link, inciting a child to observe him in a live feed on social media and inciting a child to send sexual images to him.

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He is also accused of sending photos and a text containing sexual references, and inciting the recipient to engage in sexual activity.

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

Hall denies all charges. The trial continues.

Aimee Jones

By Aimee Jones
@aimeejones_star

News reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Shrewsbury office, covering North Shropshire, including Ellesmere, Whitchurch and Wem.

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