August 2018

Paedophile jailed after being snared by paedophile hunter group in Glasgow

A paedophile who believed he was going to meet a schoolboy is facing a lengthy jail sentence after being snared by a paedophile hunter group.

Mark Sutherland, 36, started talking to James Boyle, who he thought was a 13-year-old boy on the dating app Grindr.

They exchanged messages and sick Sutherland sent explicit pictures after being told the boy was a young teen, and even made arrangements to meet up.

But the person Sutherland was talking to was 48-year-old Paul Devine, part of group called Groom resistance Scotland.

Another two members of the organisation turned up to Partick Bus Station in on January 31, this year to meet Sutherland and stayed with him until police arrived.

After a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court, Sutherland was unanimously convicted two charges under the Sexual Offences Act between January 18 and 31, this year, including going to meet who he believed to be a 13-year-old with the intention of engaging in “unlawful sexual activity”.

In evidence Mr Devine told how a fake profile was created as “bait” to draw in others.

He said he spoke to Sutherland – who has a similar previous conviction – on Grindr then they swapped numbers and texted using WhatsApp.

Messages exchanged between Mr Devine, as the teenager, and Sutherland were shown to the jury.

Pervert Sutherland was told “I’m only 13” within the first few messages then sent an explicit photograph and asked “you like?”.

He also asked the child to send him a picture but Mr Devine replied that his camera was smashed and wasn’t working.

After he was told again the boy’s age, Sutherland asked “Would you like to meet up some time?”.

Procurator fiscal depute Mark Allan asked: “That’s a direct question to you, posing as a 13-year-old?”

Mr Devine replied: “Yes.”

A further naked picture with Sutherland covering himself with one hand and taking a picture of himself in a mirror with the other hand was sent, and an image of his face.

The messages moved to WhatsApp after the pair exchanged numbers.

Sutherland sent a warning saying “remember to delete the chat” and “don’t let anyone see my number”.

He also volunteered to send a video of himself carrying out a sex act to the ‘child’.

Before they agreed to meet at Partick Bus Station on January 31, further vulgar messages were sent by Sutherland.

In his speech to the jury Mr Allan said: “He offered to, who he believed to be the child, what you may think a menu of acts from which to choose and made it abundantly clear his intention was to involve what he believed was a 13-year-old.”

Sheriff Martin Jones QC deferred sentence until next month and remanded Sutherland in custody.

He told him: “You can expect a lengthy custodial sentence”.

In November 2015 Sutherland was jailed for 21 months after he sent a 12-year-old explicit pictures and inappropriate messages two years earlier.

The boy said he had told Sutherland he was 12 years old, but the contact between them continued.

He told the schoolboy the area that he lived in, and suggested they should meet.

November 2015

Paedophile jailed for sending naked photo to 12-year-old boy he met on FaceTime

A paedophile who used FaceTime to speak to a young boy and sent him naked pictures and inappropriate messages has been jailed for almost two years.

Mark Sutherland met the 12-year-old boy on the internet and they began to chat and exchange pictures.

The 33-year-old factory worker sent the child topless and sometimes naked pictures of himself, knowing what age he was.

But Sutherland, from Milton in Glasgow, was snared when the child’s father used his son’s iPad and found explicit images and messages.

Sutherland pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to causing the 12-year-old to send images of himself and communicate over FaceTime, for sexual gratification as well as sending emails and images of a sexual nature.

This took place between November 10 and 17, 2013.

Sheriff John McCormick jailed Sutherland for 21 months and placed on the sex offenders register for ten years.

Facetime is an application on Apple products that allows people to speak to one another and see them at the same time

Sutherland, who has a previous conviction for an indecent assault on a 14-year-old boy in 2003, also pled guilty to distributing indecent images of children.

The court heard the 12-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, met Sutherland online.

He told him the area he lived in and exchanged a number of messages and pictures with him.

Once the police were contacted and the iPad was taken to be analysed, a picture of a man with glasses and short black hair was identified as the accused.

The boy said he told Sutherland he was 12 years old, but despite this the contact between them continued.

The court was told Sutherland sent pictures of himself to the child, in one he was topless and in some he was naked.

He told the schoolboy they should meet and he would come and visit him.

Sutherland has been in prison since he pled guilty last month and was remanded by the sheriff.

October 2015

Paedophile sent naked photo to 12-year-old boy he met via FaceTime

A paedophile who used FaceTime to speak to a young boy as well as sending him naked pictures and inappropriate messages is behind bars.

Mark Sutherland met the 12-year-old boy on the internet and they began to chat and exchange pictures.

The 33-year-old factory worker sent the child topless and sometimes naked pictures of himself, knowing what age he was.

But Sutherland, from Milton in Glasgow, was caught when the child’s father used his son’s iPad and found explicit images and messages.

Sutherland pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to causing the 12-year-old to send images of himself and communicate over Facetime, for sexual gratification as well as sending emails and images of a sexual nature.

This took place between November 10 and 17, 2013.

Facetime is an application on Apple products which allows people to speak to one another via live video conversation.

Sutherland, who has a previous conviction for an indecent assault on a 14-year-old boy in 2003, also pled guilty to distributing indecent images of children.

The court heard the 12-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, met Sutherland online.

He told him the area he lived in and exchanged a number of messages and pictures with him.

Once the police were contacted and the iPad was taken to be analysed, a picture of a man with glasses and short black hair was identified as the accused.

The boy said he told Sutherland he was 12 years old but despite this the contact between them continued.

The court was told Sutherland sent pictures of himself to the child, in one he was topless and in some he was naked.

He told the schoolboy they should meet and he would come and visit him.

Defence lawyer Ashley Kane asked for bail to be continued until sentencing given that her client has been on bail since last year.

Sheriff John McCormick remanded Sutherland in custody because of the serious nature of the charges and the age and vulnerability of the victim.

Sutherland will be sentenced next month

He was placed on the sex offenders register.