September 2018

Rugby player placed on sex offenders’ register for sexual messages to 13-year-old

A teenage north-east rugby player has been placed on the sex offenders’ register after he admitted sending sexual messages to a schoolgirl on Facebook.

Dean Mutch sent the 13-year-old messages for the purpose of “obtaining sexual gratification” or causing her humiliation, alarm and distress.

The messages, which contained sexually explicit remarks, were sent from his home on Stewart Crescent in Kemnay between February and March last year.

Mutch also confessed to indecent communication with an older child over the same period.

The 19-year-old Aberdeen Wanderers player previously pleaded guilty to the offences at Aberdeen Sheriff Court where he returned yesterday to be sentenced.

In a photograph on his Facebook page, he is wearing the rugby club strip and is standing next to an Aberdeen Wanderers RFC score board.

Sheriff Philip Mann placed him under supervision for three years and ruled that he had to undergo any programme he was ordered to by the social work department.

He also placed him on the sex offenders’ register for the same period.

Sheriff Man warned the teenager that a custodial sentence was likely if he failed to comply with the order.

August 2018

Teenage Aberdeen rugby player admits child sex offences

A teenage rugby player appeared in court yesterday after sending sexual messages to a schoolgirl on Facebook.

Dean Mutch, from Stuart Crescent in Kemnay, previously admitted sending a 13-year-old girl messages for the purpose of “obtaining sexual gratification”, or “humiliating, distressing or alarming” the girl between February 1 and March 9 last year.

The messages, sent from his home, contained “sexually explicit remarks”.

Mutch also pled guilty to sending the messages to a girl who he believed to be a child between the ages of 13 and 16.

The 19-year-old Aberdeen Wanderers player appeared in the dock at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday.

Last night a spokeswoman for Aberdeen Wanderers said she was not aware of the offences but would not comment further.

In a photograph on his Facebook page, he is wearing the rugby club strip and is standing next to an Aberdeen Wanderers RFC score board.

Mutch was due to be sentenced yesterday but sheriff Philip Mann further deferred the case to allow social workers to complete a psychiatric report.

Defence lawyer Chris Maitland, said: “I think there are a few issues, meaning that a further report should be obtained.”

Mutch will return to court on September 20 to be sentenced.