Former assistant principal Alex Gollan liked to call his nine-year-old student “cutie”, “beautiful” and “ms naked” when he chatted to her on Facebook after school.

During many online conversations he asked the little girl if she would meet him at a swimming pool or whether she would like to go to the movies.

The former Homebush Public School teacher would also asked her to take pictures of her feet.

Then one day he sent her a picture of two naked toddlers with pumpkins painted on their bottoms.

“Looks like those pumpkins have cuter bums than you,” Gollan sent to his young victim.

He also sent her a series of pictures of an Asian toddler who was holding balls under her t-shirt to resemble breasts with an accompanying caption that read: “Kids, they grow up fast”.

After the little girl’s mother alerted police, officers later found four other child pornography videos on Gollan’s Macbook Pro laptop in October 2014.

On Tuesday Gollan, 33, was sentenced to one year in jail after he pleaded guilty to one count each of child grooming and possessing child pornography at Burwood Local Court.

But almost immediately after his sentence was handed down, his lawyers appealed the severity.

Gollan was then granted bail, pending the outcome of his appeal in the NSW District Court.

In handing down his sentence Magistrate Alexander Mijovich said there had been a “clear abuse of trust”.

“There is still no recognition by the accused that he has any issues,” he said.

A statement of agreed facts outlined how Gollan told police he was just trying to be “funny” when he was chatting with his student on Facebook.

The facts also state that his victim and her eight-year-old cousin also sent a number of posed pictures of themselves to Gollan.

“He was very apologetic and appeared to be quite shaken by the allegations being made towards him,” the facts state.

During the defence submissions on sentence, Gollan’s lawyer spoke about how he had suffered enough punishment.

“He’s lost everything; he’s lost his career,” his lawyer, who did not want to be named, said.

Outside of court Gollan’s mother sobbed as she proclaimed her son’s innocence.

“He’s innocent, I’m his mother,” she said.

“He hasn’t done anything wrong, it’s people out to get him.”

When one reporter explained he had pleaded guilty to the charges against him, she responded by saying: ” To innocent charges that have been contextualised.”

Gollan worked as the assistant principal at Homebush Public School before moving to another Sydney primary school where the offences occurred. The NSW Education Department said Gollan is no longer employed by the department.