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A child welfare officer and youth football coach from Oldbury has been jailed for goading children into performing sexual acts on webcams as he chatted to them online.

Kevin Eaton, who coached children at a Sandwell club, set-up social media accounts under the guise of a schoolgirl and persuaded youngsters to strip for him.

As the 31-year-old started a six-year prison sentence yesterday, the former secretary of the club, which cannot be named for legal reasons, said police checks and safeguarding courses “were not worth the paper they were written on” and called for changes to the system.

The case is likely to send shock-waves throughout the junior sporting world as the club had conformed with all safeguarding rules and regulations.

The club’s chairman said the severity of Eaton’s offending coincided with his elevation to welfare officer.

After starting as a helper at the club 11 years ago, Eaton qualified as a coach, passed his DBS- Criminal Records Bureau check – and took safeguarding and child welfare courses.

The chairman said the club was “devastated” when Eaton was arrested and he was immediately dismissed. Wolverhampton Crown Court heard Eaton, of no fixed address, was caught after the mother of a 13-year-old girl reported online threats he had made to her daughter.

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