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Scots footie perv deported from Oz; CREEPY COACH SENT HOME TO SERVE SENTENCE; Paedo lured kids by pretending to be a woman.

Byline: ALAN MCEWEN alan.mcewen@trinitymirror.com

A TWISTED Scots football coach jailed for tricking teenage boys into sending him naked selfies is being deported from Australia.

Stephen Gunn admitted posing as a woman called Sarah to lure young players into sending nude photos over 18 months.

The 24-year-old was sentenced to three years for child porn offences and has already served 250 days since his arrest.

Australian authorities will send Gunn, who lived in Edinburgh, back to Scotland after he pleaded guilty at Brisbane District Court yesterday.

The sex predator, who admitted 31 charges, targeted youngsters aged 14 to 17.

According to his Facebook page, Gunn, an ex-student at Edinburgh's Telford College, moved to Brisbane in 2014.

A former pupil at Queensferry High School, he'd earlier left his coaching role at a football and sports training programme in the capital.

Gunn was a coach at a Brisbane football club in 2014 when his offending started.

Pretending to be female online, he tricked eight boys into sending him dozens of images on social media platform Snapchat. Gunn used messaging app Kik to send child porn to an American teen who told him they were in "grade 10" at school.

The pervert, who lived on-site at the club, was busted after being sacked in mid-2015.

When he returned his work laptop, the club secretary found child porn on it.

Police then discovered more than 446 child porn images and 11 videos on his six computer devices and USBs, including four considered of the "worst category", portraying serious child abuse.

While officers searched his home, Gunn told them they wouldn't find "any images of anyone under 18".

Crown prosecutor James Marxson said Gunn showed "a certain level of premeditation and planning" by "initiating" and "promoting" sexual exchanges via Snapchat and manipulating victims to send him selfies.

Gunn "catalogued" the images on USB sticks, a judge was told.

He tricked four boys, aged between 14 and 17, into sending pornographic selfies via Snapchat, and five into sending selfies in sexual poses.

Gunn admitted making child porn by taking screenshots of images sent to him by four victims, aged 14 to 15. He sent indecent images to three boys, aged 14 to 15.

The court heard Gunn was lonely at the time of offending and was struggling to come to terms with his bisexuality.

Gunn wrote a letter apologising for his behaviour, saying: "Not a day goes by that I do not regret one hundred per cent of my actions."

Judge Julie Ryrie said he had inflicted a "clear breach of trust".

Gunn's work visa was cancelled and he has been in immigration detention since last month. He served eight months on remand, and will be deported after serving about nine months.

Gunn had faced a maximum sentence of 15 years for the most serious charge.

BENNELL DENIES CHILD ABUSE

FORMER football coach Barry Bennell yesterday denied eight child abuse offences.

Bennell, 63, wearing a blue polo neck shirt and appearing via videolink at Chester Crown Court from HMP Woodhill, answered "not guilty" to all the charges as they were put to him.

The former Crewe Alexandra coach denies seven counts of indecent assault on a boy and one count of attempted buggery.

All the offences are alleged to have happened between 1981 and 1986, when the victim was under the age of 16.

Around 30 members of the media sat in the press benches for the brief hearing.

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