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Scots teacher added to sex offenders' register over 'disturbing' wrestling photos

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A deputy head teacher caught with a "disturbing" collection of photographs showing pupils in wrestling poses has been put on the sex offenders' register for three years.Police officers found nearly 2,500 images of primary school children - many topless - on devices belonging to Alan Burns.

The 59-year-old was convicted last month 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.

Burns avoided prison when he was sentenced at court today (Wednesday).Hamilton Sheriff Court heard he took the photos between 2013 and 2021 while teaching at a school in South Lanarkshire.

The images were discovered when police officers went to his home in Stonehouse, Lanarkshire, as part of a wider investigation into a South African website.Burns told them he liked to watch children perform the fireman's lift, a technique where a person is placed over the shoulder of the carrier.

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