October 2018

Pervert escapes jail after sending indecent images to teenage girl

A Shotts man, who admitted swapping indecent photos with a 14-year-old girl, has avoided being put behind bars.

Dean Cooper, who appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Friday for sentencing, started communicating with the girl after she accepted his Facebook friend request.

The pair exchanged numerous text messages and during phone calls he told her he wanted to have sex with her.

Cooper, 21, of Wyvis Place, admitted sending the girl sexual images and inducing her to do likewise between March and June last year.

The girl became so distressed following the incident that she took an overdose.

While recovering from her ordeal, she told her mum and police were called in to investigate.

In court last week, Sheriff David Bicket told Cooper that such a crime would normally mean a custodial sentence.

However, instead Sheriff Bicket opted to hand Cooper a sentence of 180 hours unpaid work, two years supervision and two years on the sex offenders register.

Previously the court heard that Cooper was a month short of his 20th birthday when he first made contact with the 14-year-old.

Their exchanges appeared to be innocent at first but soon Cooper introduced a sexual element

The girl sent him 10 indecent photos of herself in response to his requests and he sent her three naked pictures of himself.

Prosecutor Neil Thomson said: “The girl said she spoke with him on the phone eight times.

“During these conversations the accused said he wanted to have sex with her. The offence came to light because the girl raised concerns with her mother who reported it to the police.

“When police went to Cooper’s house his mother asked him if he knew how old the girl was.

“He replied that he knew she was 14.

“Various messages were found on the phones of both the girl and the accused.”

August 2018

Schoolgirl overdosed after sending topless pics to Lanarkshire perv who contacted her on social media

A schoolgirl overdosed after sending topless pics to a lanarkshire pervert who contacted her online.

Dean Cooper, 21, persuaded the 14-year-old to send him explicit images after he sent her a friend request out of the blue on social media.

He also instructed her to carry out degrading sexual acts despite knowing she was under 16 and sent photos of himself naked to her.

The girl became so distressed at the exchanges with Cooper that she took an overdose of 20 paracetamol pills.

While recovering from her ordeal, she told her mum about what had happened and cops were called in to investigate.

Cooper appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court where he admitted directing sexual messages at the girl and inducing her to send indecent images of herself between March and June last year.

Fiscal depute Neil Thomson told the court: “The child received a friend request from the accused and this continued into communication on various types of social media.

“After about a week the accused started sending sexual messages and asked the complainer to send indecent images of herself.

“She did send him one and he asked for further pictures. She sent him a total of 10 topless photographs.

“The matter came to light when she became very concerned and took an overdose of 20 paracetamol tablets.

“She confided in her mother what was going on and the matter was reported to police.

“The accused’s home was searched and during that process his mother asked him if he knew what age the girl was and he replied: ‘Yes I did. I knew she was only 14.’

“Various messages were found on both the complainer’s phone and the accused’s phone.”

Sheriff David Bicket called for reports and placed Cooper on the sex offenders register.

He was bailed and will be sentenced next month.

Cooper’s not guilty pleas to charges that he threatened to publish photos of the girl online and induced another 14-year-old girl to send him indecent images were accepted by prosecutors.