June 2018

‘Paedophile hunters’ caught same man twice in five months

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Paedophile hunters snared the same online creep twice in the space of five months, a court heard.

Serial sex offender Ronald Young was jailed for 10 months after cops uncovered the sickening Skype chats on his laptop.

In January last year Young was jailed for 27 months after being caught on camera by paedophile hunter group Dark Justice at Newcastle train station.

The retired bus driver, originally from Dundee, had travelled there after having disturbing online conversations with someone pretending to be a 13-year-old girl and had arranged to meet her for sex.

Following that incident his laptops were seized at his home in Montrose – but were not examined by cops until months after he had already been jailed for the Dark Justice incident, which occurred in November 2016.

When they were finally analysed by Police Scotland cyber crime experts they uncovered twisted conversations Young had had with a paedophile hunter from the Chris Fear vigilante group five months earlier.

Now Young – who has previous convictions for possessing indecent images of children and attempting to arrange a meet up with an underage girl at Waterloo station in London – has been handed a further 10 month prison term over that incident.

A court was told the horror chat, which took place in June 2016, included references to Young asking what he believed to be a 12-year-old girl if she was wearing clothes, before discussing her genitals with someone purporting to be the girl’s mother’s boyfriend.

Fiscal depute John Adams told Dundee Sheriff Court the messages exchanged made it clear Young believed he was speaking to a schoolgirl.

He said: “I am informed it was in fact a vigilante group”.

Young further admitted possessing computer devices when a sexual offences prevention order imposed after one of his previous convictions in 2014 banned him from doing so without approval.

Mr Adams added: “Two laptops were recovered at his address when it was searched.

“When he had been asked previously by police if he had any such devices he had said he only had a mobile phone which was checked”.

Young, 65, a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment to breaching a sexual offences prevention order on June 13 2016 and between October 13 2015 and December 10 2016.

Defence solicitor Sarah Russo said: “He served a 27 month sentence on the matter from Newcastle Crown Court and was liberated on January 23 this year.

“The laptops had been seized in December 2016 but were not examined until August last year.

“They uncovered this conversation with someone he believed to be a 12-year-old girl”.

Sheriff Alastair Brown jailed Young for 10 months and placed him on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

He said: “You appear to have an interest – which may be a longstanding one – in children.

“You didn’t actually do any harm here because it was a vigilante you ended up speaking to, but that’s no credit to you because you thought you were speaking to a child.

“You have got to get it through your head that if you have anything to do sexually with or in relation to children under 16 you are going to keep going back to prison.

“The bottom line is children are off limits and you have to stay right away from anything to do with them”.

January 2017

Dark Justice snare pervert who begged ’13-year-old’ to perform sex act on a DOG

A now THREE time convicted paedophile has been jailed after sending his twisted bestiality fantasies to a fake 13-year-old girl – and even travelling 200 miles to meet her.

Vile Ronald Young, a former bus driver, had been caught by paedophile hunters Dark Justice into thinking he was swapping messages with an underage female he befriended online last year.

In a series of texts which began in November, the 63-year-old, who claimed he was just 18, claimed he was a “sports teacher”.

He told the “schoolgirl” he wanted her to meet his friends and talked about a sex act involving his pet dog.

Young, who was already on the sex offenders’ register due to past convictions, then travelled from his home in Scotland to meet his young victim.

He even sent a selfie to her during the 200-mile trip.

Upon arrival however he was confronted at Newcastle Central Station by members of Dark Justice.

The desperate pervert then tried to get away but was held by the vigilantes until cops arrived at the station.

Dark Justice vigilantes then handed over a file of evidence about Young’s activities to the officers.

Prosecutor Jonathan Devlin told Newcastle Crown Court: “He was on a chat site. Dark Justice made it clear almost immediately he was speaking to a 13-year-old-girl.

“The defendant said he was 18, then later changed to 28. The defendant is, in fact, 63

“He said he wanted her to meet his five friends and spoke of masturbating his dog.”

Young was previously convicted of having indecent images in 2013 and given a community order with a sex offender programme requirement.

In 2014 he was given a suspended jail term for arranging to meet an underage girl at Waterloo station in London. He was made to undergo a further programme and given a sexual harm prevention order.

Young, of Westwood Walk, Montrose, Scotland, admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and breach of a sexual harm prevention order in relation to the latest offences.

The court heard despite the intensive intervention he has undergone, he remains a “high risk of sexual reconviction”.

Judge Edward Bindloss sentenced him to a total of two years and three months behind bars.

The judge said: “You clearly thought she was a 13-year-old female.

“You spoke about what you were going to do when you met with her. You were grooming her.

“You planned to carry out sexual acts on meeting her.

“The sexual offenders programme has not helped you resist this sort of behaviour. The sexual harm prevention order has not stopped you talking in the way described.”

January 2014

Bus driver who got ‘buzz’ from paedophilia images avoids prison

A Tayside bus driver who got a “buzz” from viewing indecent images of infants has avoided a jail term.

Ronald Young was snared as part of a Metropolitan Police operation into his alleged involvement in a grooming offence, which led to police uncovering almost 40 images of children, from infants to teenagers, on a laptop at his home.

Young, of Westwood Walk, Montrose, appeared before Sheriff Kevin Veal at Forfar on Thursday having previously admitted an indictment alleging that between February 16 and 18 last year, at a house in an Angus village, he took or permitted to be taken, or made indecent photos or pseudo photos of children.

The court previously heard that Young was arrested at his workplace and then taken home, where computer equipment was seized and subsequently examined by police.

He told officers he had gone on to eastern European websites after talking to others in online chatrooms and said he got a “buzz” from “well taken pictures.”

Web pages which 60-year-old Young had visited were re-built by experts, who were able to uncover terms such as “jailbait girls” and “primary school girls”.

A total of 39 images were found, 38 categorised at level one and one at the more serious level four status.

Young’s solicitor told the court her client had been open and honest with social workers about not only the offence for which he had been charged but also his behaviour in chatrooms and other matters.

Sheriff Veal said that a lack of record and the sentencing guidelines meant the offence could be dealt with by way of a non-custodial sentence and imposed a three-year Community Payback Order, including 150 hours of unpaid work, to be completed within a year.

The sheriff also ordered Young to be placed on the sex offenders register for the term of the CPO and applied a string of conditions to prevent him from having any contact with under-16s.

Young, whose marriage broke down when the offence came to light, must not use public transport without prior approval of supervising social workers or enter school or nursery grounds, parks or play areas.

He is also banned from using the internet without approval or involving himself in any hobbies which may bring him into contact with under-16s, and must not contact any known sex offenders.

November 2013

Montrose bus driver caught with indecent child images told police he got ‘buzz’

A Tayside bus driver caught with indecent images of children in a Metropolitan Police inquiry into alleged online grooming told police he got a “buzz” from viewing such websites.

Computer experts found evidence of websites relating to schoolgirls and internet searches such as “jailbait girls” on Ronald Young’s laptop after securing a warrant to search his home in an Angus village earlier this year.

Young will be sentenced early in January after appearing on indictment at Forfar Sheriff Court, where he was placed on the sex offenders register until then by Sheriff Kevin Veal.

The 59-year-old, of Westwood Walk, Montrose, admitted taking or permitting to be taken, or making indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children at an address in Angus between February 16 and 18 this year.

Depute fiscal Hannah Kennedy said Young’s former marital home became the subject of a search warrant following intelligence received by the Met relating to the suspected sexual grooming of children.

The accused’s marriage has now broken down, the court heard.

Ms Kennedy added that, on April 24, Young was arrested at his workplace and taken home, where computer equipment was seized.

Indecent images of children from a Russian website were found by officers, but, when initially questioned, Young made no reply.

He was further questioned at a police station in Edinburgh and told officers he had probably seen indecent images on an eastern European file-sharing site.

“He said he wanted to see what he could find and had been in a chat room when an unknown male told him he could go on this site,” added the fiscal.

“He said that he got a buzz when he went on this site,” added Mrs Kennedy.

Young said to officers he liked looking for “well-taken pictures” and did not get sexual gratification out of it but described it as “an addiction”.

The fiscal said analysis of the accused’s computer revealed 39 indecent images.

Website names including the word ‘schoolgirls’ were found and examiners also discovered evidence of searches of a number of sites relating to indecent images of children, including “jailbait girls”.

The fiscal said male and female children from infant to teenage years were featured in 38 level one images, with a single level four image depicting a girl of around 12 years old.

Sheriff Veal deferred sentence on Young until January 9 for the preparation of reports, including a Tay Project assessment.

Bail was granted and forfeiture of the accused’s laptop ordered.

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