May 2017: McGerty has now been released into the Maybole area.
Paedophile jailed again
An already convicted paedophile who was jailed last year for grooming a schoolgirl has been jailed again after pictures of him sexually assaulting a young girl were found on his computer.
Depraved Anthony McGerty, from Ayr was jailed last year after he encouraged a 13-year-old schoolgirl to take ‘selfie’ photos of intimate parts of her body.
During that investigation, his computer was seized and the chat log was used as evidence to convict him.
However, when the computer was analysed further, indecent photos were recovered and a very young girl was identified.
The majority of the photos showed McGerty sexually assaulting the girl over a number of years, beginning when she was just one years old.
Some of the images had been distributed to other paedophiles online
McGerty was sentenced to 36 months in prison and he will remain on the sex offenders for 10 years
Paedophile groomed 13 yr old schoolgirl on Facebook
A paedophile who groomed a 13-year-old on Facebook has been jailed for seven months.
Depraved Anthony McGerty, from Seaforth Road in Ayr, admitted encouraging the young girl to take intimate photos after assuming the identity of ‘Brian John’ on the social media site.
Ayr Sheriff Court heard how the 33-year-old beast pressured the girl into taking photos between May 1 and July 31 this year, and threatened to share the pictures with friends if she refused to take more.
But he was finally rumbled on August 29 this year after the girl told her mum, with police tracing the conversations to computers at his former address on Oswald Road, Ayr, and Spirit Aero-systems in Prestwick – where he worked as a maintenance mechanic.
His solicitor, Steven Maxwell said: “His personal life is tarnished, he had indicated to me his regret at the affect of his own involvement on the girl.
“The relationship he had with his wife is now at an end. He’s now been prevented from making any contact with the child his wife had.”
Mr Maxwell added: “This is a first offence. Mr McGerty had asked for me to attend the police station.
“He was given advice and discussed the matter at some length. He gave a full and frank admission at the police station and a full and frank admission to me.
“He appreciates the sentencing options available.”
Sheriff Norman McFadyen blasted: “This was a deliberate and serious matter where you instructed an impressionable child to take indecent photographs.
“I’m satisfied this offence is sufficiently serious that only a custodial sentence is appropriate.
“In these circumstances I’ll submit a starting point of 10 months in prison reduced to seven months.”
McGerty was also put on the sex offenders register for 10 years and will have his internet access monitored for five years during which he will be prevented from deleting his internet history.
Sex beast targets 13-year-old girl on Facebook
A pervert has admitted grooming a 13-year-old girl on the internet for his own vile sexual purposes
Anthony McGerty, used a fake identity on Facebook, Ayr Sheriff court heard
He encouraged the schoolgirl to take ‘selfie’ photos of intimate parts of her body
Despicable McGerty told the girl he would share the pictures with friends if she didnt send more
And he also provided a list of degraded photos that he wanted her to take of herself
Depute Fiscal said McGerty adopted the fake Facebook identity of Brian John
McGerty’s first requests were of a friendly nature – asking her for ‘selfie’ photos
He went on to ask for more photos but which showed the child in indecent poses, but she refused. The paedophile pressured the girl until she gave in.
The girl finally told her mum when the warped demands finally overwhelmed her.
The mother immediately contacted the police, and an investigation led them to Anthony McGerty at his former address in Oswald road, Ayr on August 29 this year
McGerty, now Seaforth road admits two charges, committed between May 1 and July 31
Locations of his computer were at Oswald road and at Spirit aero-systems in Prestwick
The first charge says he intentionally and repeatedly sent written sexual communication to a girl aged 13 years old, whilst using a false identity on the internet social media site known as Facebook
And that he requested the child provide him with photographs of herself in a state of undress
The second charge says he did this in order to intentionally cause the child to engage in sexual activity
McGerty was ordered to sign the sex offenders register and will be sentenced at a later date