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Fireman lift fetish shame of Scots primary teacher caught with images of pupils

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A pervert teacher with a fetish for fireman’s lifts was caught with a disturbing collection of photographs of primary school pupils in wrestling poses.Deputy head Alan Burns was ­convicted of having a cache of 2447 images of children taken for sexual gratification while he worked at a South Lanarkshire school.

The images were only discovered when police went to his home in Stonehouse, Lanarkshire, as part of a wider investigation into a South African website.Burns told officers that he liked to watch children perform the fireman’s lift, a ­technique where a person is placed over the shoulder of the carrier.He said: “I have had this fetish for a number of years and that is the sole reason I have these videos and pictures.” Parents at the school where the 59-year-old worked before he resigned last year are now demanding to know if their children are in any of the images.Burns, who now lives in Nairn in the ­Highlands, was last week convicted of ­committing a breach of the peace by taking and keeping photos of pupils for his sexual gratification.

Sheriff Louise Gallacher also found him guilty of an offence under the Data Protection Act.Hamilton Sheriff Court heard Burns took the photos between 2013 and 2021 while teaching at the school.

The court heard many of the images showed youngsters topless. Examination of an iPad and hard drive by police revealed 2447 pictures of children taken in the school gymnasium over an eight-year period.

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