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Jail for Edinburgh pool camera youth coach

Edinburgh Sheriff Court
Image caption Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how Scott Ferrie hid a camera in a swimming pool shower

A youth football team coach who tried to secretly film a teenager taking a shower at an Edinburgh swimming pool has been jailed for 18 months.

Scott Ferrie, 29, hid his phone in a toilet bag in a bid to to video a 13-year-old boy at the David Lloyd sports centre in Edinburgh.

The incident happened in the firm's Glasgow Road centre on 25 June 2011.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how Ferrie was caught by his victim putting the bag in a 2ft gap in his cubicle.

Ferrie, from Edinburgh, pleaded guilty to illegally filming an underage child and downloading child porn from the internet at a hearing last month.

Sentence had been deferred until Monday for background reports.

'Society's disapproval'

Officers who arrested Ferrie discovered more than 550 pictures of children, including young boys tied up with rope, on his computer.

Ferrie also helped coach children's football side Tynecastle FC.

On Monday, the former school classroom assistant was also put on the sex offenders register for 10 years by Sheriff Paul Arthurson QC.

He also made an order banning Ferrie from ever working with children again.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Arthurson said: "In order to reflect society's disapproval with these crimes, I can only impose a custodial sentence on you."

Ferrie's solicitor Graeme Runcie said his client had realised that he shouldn't have tried to film the young lad taking a shower.

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