A West Bromwich Albion coach carried out sexual assaults against two young boys, a court heard.
The coach, 35-year-old Mark O’Shea from Coles Lane in Sutton Coldfield, is on trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
O’Shea is accused of six charges of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13. He denies the charges.
Prosecuting solicitor Mr Howard Searle gave details to the court yesterday of the alleged assaults on the boys, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
While describing the claims of one of the boys, Mr Searle told the court: “He did not appreciate that anything being done was wrong, until he got older.”
He added: “In situations such as this you might find it is not surprising the young boys did not tell people what was happening straight away.”
The jury also heard evidence from one of the boys, who was answering questions through a video link, and watched an interview the boy had with a specialist child protection police officer.
The boy had to recall the alleged incidents while giving his evidence. He told how it was a conversation between his friends which was overheard by an adult, that led to the authorities being alerted to the alleged incidents.
It was several days later, Mr Searle said, that the mother of the second boy voiced her concerns about O’Shea.
The trial continues.