A FORMER judo coach faces a possible prison sentence after admitting indecently assaulting two boys.

Wayne Burnham is accused of carrying out the acts on the boys, aged under 16, between January and October last year.

He was arrested in October at his former home in Langley Park, County Durham.

The 37-year-old divorcee, now said to be living in Kent, came before Durham Crown Court yesterday.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent assault.

The boys were not pupils at any judo class run by Burnham.

The prosecution did not proceeds with further charges, two of rape, one of indecent assault and two of a serious sexual nature, which Burnham denied.

Caroline Goodwin, for Burnham, asked for a report to be drawn up on him by the probation service, prior to sentence.

She told the court: "I apply for a report but he is well aware a custodial sentence is likely in this case."

Judge Maurice Carr agreed to the request and asked the probation service to carry out a sex offender assessment as part of the report.

The case was adjourned and Burnham was bailed to an address in Kent, to return to the court in four weeks for sentence.

Judge Carr ordered Burnham to sign the sex offenders' register and he will stipulate the length of the order when he returns to pass sentence.