Former youth football coach Michael “Kit” Carson has died in a car crash on the day he was due to stand trial on sex abuse charges.
Mr Carson, 75, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Riverside, Cambridge, was accused of the sexual abuse of boys under 16, from 1978 to 2009.
His Mazda left the road and hit a tree at 09:45 GMT on Monday, police have said. He died at the scene.
Peterborough Crown Court was informed of his death on Tuesday morning.
Judge Matthew Lowe ruled that the case file be closed.
Jeremy Benson, prosecuting, told the court: “The defendant died yesterday morning.”
Cambridgeshire Police said in a statement that Carson was driving his red Mazda 3 when it left the road and went into a tree on the A1303 at Bottisham, around seven miles east of Cambridge.
No other vehicle or person was involved, a spokesman said.
The court heard that his body was later formally identified by his wife, Pauline Carson.
The former coach and scout had pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing at Cambridge Crown Court to 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Cambridgeshire Police said the allegations involved 11 victims, all boys under the age of 16.
Mr Carson had worked for Peterborough United, Cambridge United and Norwich City football clubs.
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Michael “Kit” Carson, 74, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Cambridge, has worked for Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge United.
He denied 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity when he appeared at Cambridge Crown Court.
He was released on bail.
Mr Carson will next appear in court on 20 July for an administrative hearing. A trial date has not yet been set.
The alleged offences happened between 1978 and 2009.
Mr Carson was arrested last year as part of an investigation into historical child sex abuse in Cambridgeshire.
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A former youth football coach and scout has been charged with indecently assaulting 11 children.
Michael “Kit” Carson, 74, was charged in connection with a football abuse probe in Cambridgeshire.
He is accused of 11 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, all involving boys under 16.
The alleged offences happened from 1978 to 2009. He will appear at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on 17 April.
Mr Carson, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Riverside, Cambridge, was initially arrested in January 2017.
He has been released on conditional bail.
Mr Carson has worked for clubs including Peterborough United, Cambridge United and Norwich City.
He joined the Canaries as youth manager in 1983, working with children aged nine to 16, before joining Peterborough as an academy director 10 years later.
In 2001, he moved to Cambridge United as head of youth development, a post he retained until 2006, when he left to join Histon FC.
Mr Carson has also worked extensively in Finland – where he began coaching youth teams in 2012 – and took UK youth teams on competitive tours of the country.