A CHILDREN'S sports coach has been jailed for encouraging a child to perform sex acts on a webcam, including pouring candle wax on herself and using lipstick as a sex toy.

Philip Boore was sentenced to four years in prison after the judge said he "preyed" on a 14-year-old girl he met online.

The 36-year-old, of Chippenham, was convicted earlier this year of three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity on or before August 5, 2014.

His trial at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court in February heard he had encouraged the teenager to perform sex acts involving candle wax, lipstick and clothes pegs.

Boore, who was 34 at the time, met the girl on a website and they communicated through text messages and on a webcam after he listed one of his interests as "fetish".

During the trial the jury heard that Boore participated in role play with the girl where he would be the teacher and she the "naughty schoolgirl".

On Tuesday he appeared at the same court for sentencing. Standing in the dock wearing a dark suit and purple striped tie, Boore wiped his eyes as His Honour Judge Hopmeier told him the seriousness of his offences warranted the four-year sentence.

Boore, who taught children aged between five and 11 in his role as a sports coach in educational studies and lived on Dover Street, Chippenham, with his parents, was described by his lawyer as a "lonely" man who has "no history of relationships and a minimal sexual history".

But the judge told him: "The risk you were taking must have been obvious to you."

He said: "You preyed on this child online and encouraged her to act in a way that was corrupted and depraved."

The judge also made a sexual harm prevention order which will remain in force for 10 years, and Boore will be placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.