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CHILD PORN SHAME OF SECTION 28 DAD; Anti-gay campaigner faces jail over vile images: EXCLUSIVE: COPS SWOOP ON SCHOOL BOARD CHIEF.

Byline: LYNN McPHERSON

A SCHOOL board chief who tried to ban discussing homosexuality is today exposed as a child porn pervert.

Alan Smith - then Scottish School Board Association president - was a key figure in bus tycoon Brian Souter's failed fight to keep Section 28.

The SSBA were bankrolled by Souter during the campaign that ended in 2000 when Donald Dewar repealed a bar on discussing gay issues in classrooms.

Shamed dad-of-two Smith, 53, now faces jail a fter after being snared with 4000 child porn photos on his computer.

He admitted distributing indecent photos of kids in 2006 and having the material at his home last year.

While sending the sick images to other paedophiles, Smith was working in primary and secondary schools.

He mixed with pupils as a director of the Learning Game, an education f irm in Milngavie, Glasgow.

Norma Corlette, his former boss at the firm who went into liquidation two years ago, said: "Crucially, no member of our staffwas allowed to work with children without a member of the school staffaccompanying them at all times. This policy was rigorously enforced across the organisation."

Smith was caught when Metropolitan Police officers monitoring suspicious web activity tipped offcops in Scotland.

His Paisley home was raided last June and on his laptop there were more than 4000 vile images.

Police also found Smith had communicated with another chatroom user known as Babylover1.

When Smith was asked if he was interested in girls, boys, newborn or one-year-olds, he replied: "All."

He became a member of the St Andrew's Academy school board in Paisley where his children were pupils.

Through that, he became SSBA treasurer then president and played a central role in the Keep The Clause campaign. Stagecoach millionaire Souter bankrolled the bid which was also backed by church leaders.

At the time, he said: "We're acting to protect children and we should be allowed to use our democratic right for a debate on the issue.

"People do not realise the potential harm to children."

When Section 28 was repealed, Smith demanded that parents should be allowed to opt their children out of sex education.

Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said: "Alan Smith's conviction for child pornography confirms the theory that people who oppose gay equal ity are of ten hypocrites.

"They pose in public as icons of moral virtue while privately leading immoral, debauched lives.

"Their attacks on gay people are diversions to disguise their own sexual crimes.

"Brian Souter must be regretting that he allied himself with a child sex abuser.

"He owes the gay community and the people of Scotland an apology for funding a campaign that involved such an unsavoury homophobe." The SSBA later became the Scottish Parent Council Association but they were wound up last year.

Smith set up Teaching Learning Associates Ltd two years ago and his wife Gladys is still company secretary.

He was put on the sex offenders' register at Paisley SheriffCourt and will be sentenced next month.

Smith refused to comment.

S o u t e r ' s spokesman Jack Irvine, of Media Hou s e , s a i d : "Neither Brian or I remember this man.

"We d e a l t with a woman cal led Ann Hill at the Scot t ish School Boa rd Association."

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