October 2018

Jail for Larkhall paedo ‘Naughty John’ who was snared in Snapchat sting by cops

A Larkhall paedophile caught after an undercover police officer posed as a girl of 13 has been sent to prison for a year.

John Donnelly, who described himself as “naughty”, sent the cop naked pictures of himself, believing his online chats were with a teenage schoolgirl.

Donnelly (36), of John Street, was sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court this week after he admitted the indecent behaviour on various occasions in July last year.

He also admitted having hundreds of indecent images of children and extreme pornography depicting bestiality.

The court heard Donnelly has a previous conviction for similar offending, and when police caught him this time he told officers: “There’s not much I can say. I’m in the wrong and I’m sorry. I need help.”

Michael Macintosh, prosecuting, said an undercover cop created an online profile of a girl aged 13 from North Wales and logged on to Snapchat. ‘She’ then got a message from ‘Naughty John’.

Mr Macintosh told the court: “The officer made it clear ‘she’ was 13 and the accused’s response was: ‘Oh yes, well I’m still very naughty’.

“He then engaged in sexual communications which included sending explicit images.”

Sheriff Thomas Millar pointed out that Donnelly had committed the current offences while under supervision imposed in the previous case.

The sheriff jailed him for a year and ordered that he be supervised for two years on his release. Donnelly will also be on the sex offenders’ register for an indefinite period.

August 2018

Sleazy chef sent naked pictures of himself to undercover cop posing as 13-year-old girl

A chef awarded a ‘dirtiest mind’ prize by colleagues sent explicit pictures of himself to an undercover cop posing as a teenager.

John Donnelly used Snapchat to talk to an officer hunting perverts online.

The officer told the 36-year-old, who was using the name ‘NaughtyJohn35’, she was a teenager from Wales and he replied, ‘oh yes, well I’m still naughty’.

He then sent two naked pictures of himself along with sexual comments and the incident was reported to the National Online Child Abuse Prevention Agency.

Donnelly, of Larkhall, appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court and admitted sending explicit pictures and hoarding pornography between July and August last year.

His Facebook page reveals he was given a certificate labelling him the winner in a ‘Dirtiest Mind’ category in 2016.

The spoof prize was given by unsuspecting staff at a Lanarkshire hotel where he used to work. Donnelly uploaded a copy of the certificate to his social media page.

Depute fiscal Michael Macintosh told how shamed Donnelly was snared by police .

He said: “She made it clear that she was 13-year-old and the accused response was ‘oh yes, well I’m still naughty’.

“The accused engaged in sexual comments to the officer and sent two explicit images together with sexual communication relating to the images.

“Ultimately that was reported to the National Online Child Abuse Prevention Agency and the accused was detected through his IP address which was his home address.

“When he was caught he said ‘I know I need help, I’m sorry its me its, I’m the only one to blame’.

“Officers noticed the room was similar to the images, including the bed cover, as was some of the furniture.

“They recovered a tablet and while detained the accused stated ‘I can say that I’m in the wrong, I need help’.”

Officers discovered a stash of 232 photos and 142 videos on his computer, showing sickening abuse of children, with many classed at the most extreme level.

It was also found that he had photos and videos showing bestiality.

Sheriff Thomas Millar deferred sentence until October for reports and continued Donnelly’s bail.

He was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register.