A youth football team coach who tried to secretly film a teenager taking a shower at a swimming pool has been jailed for 18 months.
Scott Ferrie, 29, hid his mobile phone in a toilet bag to try and video a 13-year-old boy washing himself at the David Lloyd sports centre in Glasgow Road, Edinburgh in June 2011.
Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how Ferrie was caught by his victim shoving the doctored bag between a 2ft gap at the bottom of his cubicle.
Officers who arrested Ferrie, who helped coach children’s football team Tynecastle FC, found more than 550 child abuse pictures on his computer.
On Monday, the former school classroom assistant was jailed and placed on the sex offenders register for ten years. He has also been banned from working with children again.
Ferrie, of Currie, Midlothian, pleaded guilty to illegally filming an under age child and downloading child abuse imaged from the internet at a hearing last month. Sentence had been deferred for reports.
Defence solicitor Graeme Runcie said: "For the offences to which he has pleaded guilty to, Mr Ferrie expresses genuine remorse. He accepts that what he did was wrong and he is willing to undertake some form of punishment for his actions."
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