A gym coach has been banned from working with children at a Catholic school after it was discovered that he was a former porn star.

School principal, Dennis Litteken, dismissed the athlete after he found out that the 22 year old gymnast, Josh Weast, had once starred in gay porn videos.

He had been using the school gym to train 40 boys and girls in tumbling at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Illinois for three years.

Mr Weast was promptly removed and banned from the campus upon discovery of his previous role

He told the Associated Press he regretted making the videos but it was at a time when he was short of money. He said his personal life should not make a difference to his coaching ability.

An Illinois gay rights group said religious schools have a legal right to enforce their own moral values, so long as they are not discriminatory.