Police Nab Football Academy Owner for Raping Teenage Boys

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Chiemelie Ezeobi

The Lagos State Police Command, monday arrested a 49-year-old man, Frank Darlington, the owner of a football academy at the Agege area of Lagos, for allegedly rapping three 18-year-old boys.
The suspect was arrested after one of his victims reported the matter to his mother that his anus was all bruised and was paining him.

When the mother asked him when it started he narrated how the academy owner and his football coach sodomised him through the anus.

The alarmed mother immediately reported the matter at the Agege Police Station where the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) ordered an investigation into the matter and Darlington was arrested.

Darlinton who admitted sleeping with the boys since July last year, claimed to have stopped after he discovered that his action was affecting his boys performance.

He said: “I am the owner of Soccer World of Football in Agege. I have been coaching many boys in the area. Before recruiting them into the academy, the boys are expected to register with the sum of N3000.

“This allows them the use of the academy jerseys. I don’t know what came over me. I usually have my bath with the boys after every training exercise. So one day, I started fiddling with some of the boys private part.

“I later invited one of the them to my house where I had sex with him. I discovered that one of them had stopped coming for training. One day I went to their house to find out why he has been staying away.

“His mother told me that he was sick when I went to their house. Two days later I saw him playing with other boys in another team. Trouble started when I tried to woo him back to my academy. I did not know that the boy had reported the matter to the police.”

One of his victims, name withheld, narrated how the coach lured him to his house from where he had canal knowledge of him.

He said: “One day after our training programme, coach invited me to his house. I met two other boys in his house, but he asked them to leave when I arrived. When they left, he asked me to take off my cloth. He even threatened to kill me if I refuse.

“When I was to leave, he told me not to tell anybody and that if I do I will die. I later told my mum when I could no longer bear the pains in my anus.”

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspect said he would soon be charged to court.