May 2017

Fake Facebook site pervert faces jail for contacting young girls

A sex offender who set up a fake Facebook profile to befriend young girls before offering them cash to “do business” with him is facing jail.

Richard Muir offered one 15-year-old girl cash for sex then asked if she had a friend who would meet him for sex when she refused.

Muir then moved on to another girl of the same age – offering her cash, cigarettes and mobile phone top-ups as well as asking her to send her pictures of herself.

The father-of-one now faces a jail term after admitting trying to groom the girls online in full knowledge that they were both 15.

Muir was caught when his girlfriend told police he had admitted setting up the fake account to meet young girls.

He set up a fake Facebook page using the name John Smith — but used his real date of birth revealing he was 30.

One of the messages Muir sent the first girl read: “When you going to be able to meet me? How much do you want for it? £50, is £50 ok?”

When she rebuffed his advances he said: “Name your price.”

She replied “go away”, prompting him to state: “I just want to do business with you — or do you know anyone who will meet?”

Muir, 32, of Ellengowan Drive, Dundee, pleaded guilty on summary complaint to two charges under the Communications Act committed between September 1 2015 and November 2 2015 at addresses in Dundee.

Solicitor advocate Jim Laverty, defending, said he would give a full plea in mitigation at a later sentencing date.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence until later this month for social work background reports and ordered Muir to appear on that date.

He was placed on the sex offenders register meantime.

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