Update: Sheriff William Summers jailed Brown for 30 months and put him on the sex offenders’ register for life.

April 2018

North-east paedophile sent indecent images to police officer posing as girl, 13

A paedophile in the north-east was snared by undercover cops posing as a 13-year-old girl.

James Brown, 32, had been messaging who he thought was a teen girl – but turned out to be an undercover officer.

He sent sexual messages and indecent images to “Leila”, and tried to get her to send sexual images back.

Fiscal depute Lixia Sun said: “On June 26 2017 an undercover operative was deployed online using the instant messaging platform Kik.

“The officer pretended to be a 13-year-old female called Leila.”

During conversation he claimed to be a 25-year-old student and she confirmed she was 13.

Ms Sun said: “After a short period of time he sexualised the conversation.”

A number of messages containing graphic sexual descriptions were read out in court.

During conversation reference was made to her age and that Brown would be arrested if caught.

He replied: “Worth it though, gorgeous.”

Police also seized a mobile phone, laptop and computer which were found to contain more than 100 indecent images of children.

Brown pled guilty to engaging in sexualised chat with a girl he believed to be 13, requesting she send him indecent images of herself and sending her indecent images.

He also admitted taking, permitting to be taken or making indecent images or pseudo-images of children and distributing indecent images or pseudo-images of children.

George Mathers, Brown’s solicitor, said his client was “excruciatingly embarrassed” by the public reading out of the messages.

Mr Mathers added that Brown had lost his employment as a result of what had happened and had applied for benefits.

Brown had also been to see a psychologist.

Sheriff William Summers told Brown, whose address was given in court papers as High Street, Laurencekirk: “These are plainly very serious offences.”

He deferred sentence until May for the preparation of reports and made Brown subject to the notification requirements of the sex offenders act.