NZ-born England cricket coach faces child porn charges

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Melbourne, Sep 23 : A New Zealand-born fitness coach with the England cricket team is to be sentenced in Britain this week after he admitted downloading child pornography.

Marques Church, 31, was arrested after running up a 61,000 dollars bill on an Internet connection account paid for by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

When officials investigated the bill, they found 14 indecent images of children on Church's laptop in a folder marked "incomplete".

The images included pictures of an 11-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy, the Mail Online website reported.

Church, who has worked with star players including Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen, was understood to have resigned from his job as the team's strengthening and conditioning coach.

At a hearing in Loughborough Magistrates Court, prosecutor Lynn Manning said Church had become obsessed by the images after a breakdown in his long-term relationship and was previously of "good character".

Church will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on Friday.

ANI

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