Paedo released early from jail snared by undercover cops after sending obscene messages to ’13-year-old girl’
An internet predator who was freed early from prison has been jailed for three years after being caught in a police sting.
David Corrigan, 34, from Motherwell, used websites to strike up a conversation with a ’13-year-old girl’ from Manchester called Niamh.
He told her: “Hi! I’m 32 from UK Scotland. Do you like older men? I love little girls.” He also asked for pictures of her.
But an undercover police officer in England had set up the account and alerted colleagues in Scotland.
Corrigan admitted attempting to direct sexual communication to someone he believed was 13 between December 2016 and May 2017.
He was jailed at Hamilton Sheriff Court.
Corrigan was freed on licence in 2012 after serving two years of a five-year term for sending sexual images to a girl via webcam
A Motherwell peadophile who was freed early from prison is back behind bars after he was caught in an undercover police sting.
David Corrigan, 34, used websites to strike up a conversation with a 13-year-old girl from Manchester called Niamh.
He told her, “Hi! I’m 32 from UK Scotland do you like older men? I love little girls”, before sending messages asking for pictures of her.
But an undercover policewoman based in England had set up the fake account and tipped off colleagues in Scotland.
They swooped at Corrigan’s home in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, and he was arrested last year.
Corrigan was caged for five years in 2010 and ordered to be supervised for a further eight years after sending sexual images to a girl via a webcam.
The High Court in Edinburgh heard he was caught with more than 18,000 indecent images of children on his computer and iPod, along with hundreds of videos.
He was released on licence in September 2012.
He has now appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court and admitted a charge of intentionally attempting to direct sexual communication to a female he believed was 13 between December 2016 and May 2017.
Depute fiscal Neil Thomson told the court Corrigan used the web service Kik to chat online.
He said: “The accused is a registered sex offender with lifelong registration.
“Information was received via the National Online Child Abuse Prevention (NOCAP) that the accused had been communicating indecently with an individual whom he believed was a 13-year-old female called ‘Niamh’ from the Manchester area via social media Kik messenger.
“Niamh was in fact a police covert investigator based in northwest England.
“An online undercover operative was deployed onto the internet and created a profile of a 13-year-old female known as ‘Niamh’ from the Manchester area on website http://www.kikfriender.com.
“Kikfriender is a website designed to promote Kik messenger to initiate new chats and make new friends. These names are visible to all other Kik users. A profile picture was also optional.”
Mr Thomson said Corrigan sent messages to the fake profile before police held him last summer.
Sheriff Ray Small ordered Corrigan to be held in custody and deferred sentence for reports.
He said: “While my options are very much limited given you have been recalled on licence from 2012, I think before dealing with this I should get a full risk assessment carried out.”
A not guilty plea to a charge of throwing a part of a mobile phone out of the window in a bid to pervert the course of justice was accepted by prosecutors.