April 2018

Man jailed over sex offences against children online

A man responsible for numerous sexual offences against children in Fife has been jailed.

At Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Wednesday, Alexander Hope was sentenced to five years in prison, with an extension of two further years, for various crimes involving girls aged 11-15 in Kirkcaldy between 2009 and 2017.

Hope used social media to interact with victims and commit his offences, many of which involved receiving images of those he was in contact with.

In a string of messages, Hope asked the victims to send him video footage showing them defecating and spreading poo on their naked bodies.

He also offered money to two 15-year-old girls for “sexual services” by asking them to provide him with faecal material.

Fife Division’s Public Protection Unit launched a major investigation into Hope after victims came forward to report their abuse and the 31-year-old was subsequently arrested and charged.

He pled guilty to 10 offences on March 12, 2018.