Kilmarnock pervert who thought he was chatting up a 12-year-old girl online is spared jail
A 39-year-old sex offender snared by an online child protection group has avoided jail.
Scott Morton of Balgray Avenue, Kilmarnock, was this week placed on the sex offenders register for three years.
Morton previously admitted that he intentionally contacted a girl he believed to be 12 for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification.
On Tuesday Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard how, on May 21 last year, Morton sent a Facebook message to the girl that was not seen until August 21.
Not wishing to engage with Morton, she told him she was under-age but the creep continued to send messages.
Despite her reply, Morton continued to probe, asking her “how school is” and if she had Snapchat. The complainer then told her mum, who was aware of an online group called Silent Justice.
She spoke to a Scottish representative from the group, who said that her daughter should continue the chat. This was done via Whatsapp.
In his first message to her, Morton wrote: “I hope you don’t mind me chatting with you since you’re only 12,” then telling the complainer he would be 39 in a few weeks.
Morton then said the girl was nice looking and looked older than 12 before asking if she would send a picture of herself to him.
The conversation continued, with Morton sending several sexual messages. He then asked if she was naked, to which the girl replied: “Not right now, why?”
Morton stated that he wanted to see, to which the girl replied: “Is that okay, cause I’m only 12?”
The pervert then sent a picture of himself naked from the waist up, captioned “you like”, making reference to his private parts.
He then asked her a sexually explicit question, encouraged her to act in a certain sexual manner and sent her a link to a sexually explicit internet page. Screenshots of all the messages were taken and provided to the Silent Justice group, who lured Morton to Kilmarnock railway station on September 15.
The court heard he was confronted by the group before admitting sending messages to a girl he believed to be just 12.
Sheriff Michael Hanlon imposed a community payback order as a “direct alternative to a custodial sentence.”
Morton was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work in the community within six months and placed under supervison for 36 months.
In addition he was placed under a number of conduct requirements and told to take part in the Moving Forward, Making Changes programme for 36 months.
Morton was also placed on the sex offenders register for three years.