January 2018

Liam Brewer was working with junior football teams when arrested

A football coach was found with hundreds of indecent images of children on his computer.

Liam Brewer ran 11 football teams for children as young as eight as part of his job with United in the Community (UITC).

UITC is an independent charity and was the official player pathway into Hereford FC when Brewer worked for the organisation.

Brewer, who is 26, this week pleaded guilty to downloading indecent images of children between June and November 2016.

“As a result of information received by police, indecent images of children had been uploaded onto Facebook by a person,” said Timothy Sapwell, prosecuting at Hereford Crown Court last week.

“Facebook linked the pictures to this defendant’s address where he lived with his parents.

“The defendant said that his laptop and hard-drive which were obtained by police included indecent images of children.

“They were found in a folder under the defendant’s name.”

Police found two of the most serious Category A images, 12 Category B and 339 Category C.

When interviewed Brewer, of Hopton Road, Aylestone Hill, Hereford, admitted to making the images.

“He was asked about the source and was rather vague and said he got them from the internet and not used particular sites,” added Mr Sapwell.

The court heard that there were a number of indecent images taken from the social media application, Snapchat.

Hereford Crown Court was told the most serious Category A and B images were typically of young boys aged 12 to 16. Category A images include penetrative sexual activity.

“The defendant was running 11 football teams for children aged from eight up to adults,” said Mr Sapwell.

“Part of his job was to contact children directly via text messages.”

Recorder Martin Jackson sentenced Brewer to a community order with the requirements to attend 40 rehabilitation activity days and to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to complete a community sex offender group work programme.

“It is very concerning that you were the coach of a number of football teams that gave you access and contact with a number of young males under the age of 16,” said Mr Jackson.

“There appears to be the use of an iPhone to access Snapchat.

“You made and distributed them for your own gratification fuelling the exploitation of children.

“You clearly do regret your offending but there is still work to be done in the future to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

A sexual harm prevention order was also imposed for five years.

Brewer, who in 2016 told the Hereford FC website he was looking forward to bringing the football club closer to the community, was also ordered to pay £350 costs and a further £85 victim surcharge.