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Paedophile given police escort to court docket over fears for his security

An elementary school sports coach who had videos of raped children received a police escort in court today.

Ian Kaufman was due to be convicted of pathetic crimes at Liverpool Crown Court, where he “arrived with a group of officials”.

The court heard that he had unspecified “problems” that caused the police escort to operate, but no further explanation was given in public.

The 48-year-old, now released from Speke Middlefield Community Primary School, pleaded guilty to a number of criminal offenses, including attempting to capture and possess pictures of child sexual abuse at an earlier hearing.

He also admitted to having an extremely pornographic picture of a “donkey or young horse”.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said, “We have ensured that adequate plans are in place to prevent a violation of the peace, based on information gathered and previous incidents.

“The safety of the public is of the utmost importance when these precautions are taken, and while this affects the resources of the armed forces, a police escort has been seen as the appropriate course of action in this case.”

Prosecutor Kenneth Grant stated that prosecutors “are unable to prosecute today” and asked the court to adjourn the case.

Judge David Swinnerton said, “So it is no mystery that this is not an easy case of someone having naughty pictures on their cell phone.”

The judge found a relationship between Kaufman and a 16-year-old “Scottish girl”.

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Judge Swinnerton said, “I have seen very, very limited information about what is going on.”

The judge stated that some Snapchat messages had been uploaded to the court’s digital case system, adding, “I’d love to see more of this relationship building.”

Judge Swinnerton added Kaufman, “allegedly a 17-year-old boy,” and said he wanted “more details about it”.

The judge, who spoke about the victim, said, “I understand why this person does not want to openly help, frankly, because they do not want their parents to know about it. Even this fact alone suggests a certain vulnerability.”

Jason Smith, who defended himself, said it would be “extremely helpful” if the girl’s “detailed report” were made available to all parties so that they could “see and consider the extent of this relationship and the extent of any care”.

Mr Smith added that he did not believe Kaufman spoke to the girl on the Kik Messenger app, adding, “I think he caught her”.

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The judge also asked for descriptions of the pictures to be served and stated that the next trial would take place on April 27th.

Mr Smith called for Kaufman to be released on the same terms as before the next hearing, saying the police officer “is very, very strong in believing the defendant is not afraid of the accused committing crime or escaping.”

Mr Smith said Kaufman “worked with all of the agencies” adding that there were “no concerns about compliance”.

He said, “They believe it is in his best interest to keep him on bail for as long as possible to make sure he completes the courses.”

Mr Smith added that there were “real mental health concerns” and said there had been “another suicide attempt on his part” two and a half weeks ago and that he was now “under community supervision”.

He said: “He will be vulnerable and very vulnerable if he is taken into custody.”

Mr Smith added that Kaufman would be under “very strict conditions” and “under police control”, saying he was “at risk” and “vulnerable”.

“You can tell by the fact that an officer drove him to court today, there are concerns for his welfare.”

Judge Swinnerton suggested that one of the reasons for considering Kaufman’s custody was his safety.

The judge said, “I really did approach it as a pragmatic option, given the guidelines and the problems Mr. Kaufman had about why he came with a group of cops this morning.”

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After hearing Mr. Smith’s statement, the judge said, “I will repay him on the same terms as before.”

Kaufman of East Dam Wood Road in Speke has no previous convictions, a court previously heard.

Kaufman previously admitted; three counts to try to photograph a child indecently, two to try to photograph a child indecently; Own 35 banned images of a child; own an extremely pornographic image and own 40 indecent photos of a child.

He was released on bail until April 27 and is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with a child under the age of 18.

A spokesman for Middlefield Community Primary School previously said, “This is a live trial and so the school is limited in what they can say.

“However, we can confirm that none of the allegations are related to students at the school and that Mr. Kaufman is no longer working here. We will be able to say more when the criminal case is over.”

Liverpool School Sports Partnership, with which Kaufman worked part-time, added: “Since this is a live judicial process, we are limited to what we can say.

“However, we can confirm that none of the allegations relate to the part-time role of Mr Kaufman who works in a school at LSSP, and we can confirm that he is no longer employed by us.

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