Pervert conned girl into sex work and ‘hid a stash of child abuse images’
A teenager who hid a stash of child sexual abuse images duped a woman into becoming a prostitute by promising to pay her £1000 for sex.
John McCash set up a fake Facebook profile and used it to con a woman into having sex with him for money.
McCash – 19 at the time – admitted procuring prostitutes and said it was an “easy way to have sex with women without having to talk to them”.
McCash, now 21, was caught when his first victim’s friend was also approached online and helped set up a sting to catch him.
He persuaded an 18-year-old girl — who had been struggling to pay her rent — to take part in a late night liaison in the back of his car, but then made the mistake of targeting her friend.
She had already been warned about falling into his clutches and instead the two pals hatched a plan to trap him.
When McCash drove into Perth city centre to meet her he found a group of young women waiting in the shadows to get look at his face and note his vehicle registration.
Though he made his escape, the women reported the matter to Police Scotland and officers were soon sent to carry out of a search of his home in Appin Terrace, rousing him from his bed at around 5am.
Perth Sheriff Court heard the police investigations then branched-out as they searched mobile telephones and computers for evidence of the steps taken to solicit girls.
In addition to the information sought, they also discovered indecent photographs and videos of children as young as eight.
The officers also recovered CCTV footage showing his car entering Canal Street on the evening of Monday September 21, 2015 and pulling over by the side of the road.
A figure was then seen leaning down towards the car before it moved off. A number of individuals were then seen to chase the car down the street.
Depute Fiscal John Malpass said one of the girls had attempted to snatch McCash’s car keys and though that was unsuccessful, multiple witnesses had seen his face and were able to identify his car.
He was placed on the sex offenders’ register at Perth Sheriff Court and had sentence deferred for reports to assess the level of danger he poses to the public.
The court was told that McCash had set up an online profile as “Ryan Mitchell” when he was 15 then used it to approach young women he found on Facebook.
When he was tracked down, police also found a stash of child sexual abuse images and videos.