A 49-year-old man, Frank Darlington has been arrested by the Lagos state Police for raping three teenage boys.
Darlington, the football manager of Soccer Warriors Football Academy, Pen Cinema was arrested last week after one of his victims who got tired of the abuse reported to his mother who promptly took the case to the police, Punch reports.
During interrogation by the Police, Darlington admitted to his crime, saying he did not rape the boys for ritual porposes but he did it for pleasure. He said, “I have a female daughter, and she is three years old. I manage the Soccer Warriors Football Academy in the Pen Cinema, Agege area. It was in February 2015 that the rape started. I usually had sex with my boys just to play with them. It was romance. We had fun together. The last one I did was in July 2016, knowing that it could get me into trouble.
“I slept with only three of my footballers. There was one of my boys that had not been coming for training since last week. When I asked after him, I was told that he was sick. I did not know that he had reported to his mother and she had told the police.
“I do not know what moved me to be sleeping with them. I have been coaching for about 12 years. My wife stays in the South-East. She left me in March 2016. The sex with the boys was not for any ritual. I only derived fun from it.
“I knew it was a crime and that was why I stopped this act since July. I pledged not to go back into this.”
However, one of his victims whose mother reported the case to the police said Darlington started abusing him last year when he lured him to his house to discuss his bad performance during training. “He always had sex with me and with most of us. He started last year. The first time he approached me was after a training session. We were on the football pitch and he said my performance was bad and I should meet him at home for a discussion.”
The Commissioner of Police for the state, Fatai Owoseni confirmed that Darlington has been arrested and that he would be charged to court for sodomy.