An elementary school sports coach who had videos of raped children appeared in court today.
Ian Kaufman was working as a sports coach at Middlefield Community Elementary School in Speke when police discovered he possessed the sickening videos.
An investigation led agents to his door on May 18 last year after he uploaded images of child abuse to Kik Messenger.
The 48-year-old appeared in Liverpool Magistrates’ Court today, where he admitted a number of charges relating to indecent imagery.
Georgiana Panteli, prosecutor, said: “On May 18, 2020, Merseyside Police executed a search warrant at an address, East Dam Wood Road in Speke, after receiving information about an image uploaded to the Internet by Kik Messenger.
“The internet connection in the house was used for this purpose.”
When asked if Kaufman was aware of internet activity, he replied, “I think so, I created this account.”
Ms Panteli said: “It has been established that he is currently working in an elementary school as a sports coach.”
Kaufman, who told court today he was homeless and lived in his car, “told officers” that there was a cell phone in his room, which was seized.
The court heard the prosecutor suggest that some of the charges were related to the taking of images of sexual activity involving a teenager, but details were not clarified during today’s hearing.
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Over the phone, officers found eight Category A videos and one Category A image, two Category B images and 37 Category C images.
They also found 35 prohibited images of children and one extreme pornography image involving a donkey.
Ms Panteli requested the preparation of a pre-sentencing report and asked magistrates Dr Graham Hogg and Eman Aziz to return the case to Crown court for sentencing.
Kaufman admitted today; three counts of taking an indecent photograph of a child, two counts of attempting to take an indecent photograph of a child; possession of 35 prohibited images of a child; possessing an extreme pornographic image and possessing 40 indecent photographs of a child.
Lyndsay Clark, defending, also requested that a report be prepared before the Crown court date.
Magistrate Hogg told Kaufman his case is being referred to Crown court.
Kaufman, who has no previous convictions, will appear in Liverpool Crown Court to be sentenced later this month.
He was released on bail on the condition that he could not contact any young person under the age of 18 without supervision.
A spokesperson for Middlefield Community Elementary School said: “This is a live court case and as a result the school is limited in what it can say.
“However, we can confirm that none of the allegations relate to students at the school and that Mr. Kaufman no longer works here.
“We will be able to say more when the criminal proceedings are completed.”
Liverpool School Sports Partnership, with whom Kaufman has worked part-time, added: “As this is a live court case, we are limited in what we can say.
“We can, however, confirm that none of the allegations relate to Mr. Kaufman’s part-time role, working at a school with the LSSP, and we can confirm that he is no longer employed by us.