November 2017

Twisted Scots paedophile who conned girls as young as TEN into naked pics by posing as model scout and using online alias ‘Pedobear’ jailed

A twisted paedophile who conned girls as young as TEN into sending naked snaps by posing as a model scout and by using the aliases including “Pedobear” has been jailed.

John Kilpatrick, 24, tricked 19 victims across the UK including five girls under 13 and eight more under 16 during a warped two-year plot.

The twisted predator also used a “friend finder” app to bring up a list of females’ profiles – then demanded nude pics and threatened to release them online unless his victims sent him more.

Some girls sent him pictures of themselves in school uniform.

On one occasion he pretended to be a pupil at a victim’s school and described violent sexual acts to her which he said he would carry out on her next day at school if she refused to send him more naked pictures.

He uploaded naked images of one 17-year-old girl to a “revenge porn” website, and threatened to upload others to a Twitter account he had created called “Whores of Kik”.

When one 15-year-old girl refused to comply he threatened her with Twitter before posing as his own mother and telling her he was dead.

He told some victims he worked for top London modelling agency BMA Models, and asked for figure shots and increasingly provocative images including naked shots.

Stirling Sheriff Court was told his youngest victim was aged ten and the oldest aged 25.

As well as “Pedobear”, he also used the tags “Johnkboy93” and “BeccaJane”.

He also posed as the manager of BMA models, the boyfriend and flatmate of “BeccaJane”, and as a black male and a lesbian female, as he wove his web of deceit.

Police, acting on intelligence received, raided his home in Larbert, Stirlingshire, in April 2016 and seized two mobiles and an iPad.

Forensic analysis of the devices “revealed the presence of thousands of chat logs between Kilpatrick and and female children and young female adults on various social media platforms”.

He later told police he had threatened his victims “when he felt angry or p*ssed off with the world”.

Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to 24 charges including obtaining or attempting to obtain pictures and private details of women and girls by fraud, extortion or attempted extortion, distributing indecent images of a child, causing young girls to look at indecent images, and encouraging children to participate in sexual activity.

After reading background reports and a risk assessment, Sheriff Pino Di Emidio imposed the 44-month jail term, and placed Kilpatrick on the sex offenders’ register for life.

He told him: “Some of those involved appear to have moved on with their lives, some were deeply affected. You had no idea how vulnerable any of them might have been at the time.

“Every single one of the charges you have admitted is sufficiently serious to merit a jail sentence.”

Kilpatrick showed no emotion as he was led to the cells.