March 2018

Paedophile sports coach branded a ‘danger to children’ is jailed for string of sex offences

A paedophile who used his position as a sports coach to prey on young boys has been caged.

Michael Hunter, described by police as a ‘danger to children’, was barred by the FA in 2009 following reports of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ with a teenager.

At the time, those around him did not know the extent of his sickening crimes.

Hunter, 32, tried to flout the FA ban and get work with football and rugby teams.

When asked for information for background checks Hunter, from Leigh , would make up excuses before moving on to another club.

He was finally caught last year after he sent indecent messages and an image of himself to a teenager.

The boy’s father, who monitored his social media accounts, saw the picture and reported it to police.

An investigation led detectives to Hunter and his phone and computers were seized. An indecent video of a different young boy at Hunter’s house was recovered.

Hunter initially denied he had anything to do with the footage, but he could be seen in the video setting the camera up.

The police inquiry then resulted in an earlier victim coming forward to reveal that Hunter had sexually abused him as a boy.

Hunter, of Westborne Avenue, was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and voyeurism.

He also pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a teenage boy.

Hunter was also given a lifetime Sexual Harm Prevention Order

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