August 2018

Fife man, snared by ‘paedophile hunter’ group outside B&Q, placed on sex offenders register

A Glenrothes man who was exposed by a paedophile hunter group has admitted sending sexual messages to a 13-year-old decoy.

George Fraser appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court yesterday where he pled guilty to having inappropriate conversations with a person he believed to be a teenage girl.

The 30-year-old went on to send intimate pictures of himself and gave detailed descriptions of sexual acts he wanted to carry out on the fictional young girl.

The “teenager” was actually a member of the online hunter group The Innocence Keepers who set up a sting outside B&Q in Leven on October 14.

Depute fiscal Jade Doig told the court Fraser had initiated contact on a social media site called Nearby in July 2017 and was told she was only 13.

She said: “In total, 860 messages were sent between the accused and the witness.”

Fraser was met outside the DIY store where he believed he would be meeting an adult who wanted to buy car cleaning materials from him.

Instead, he was met by several members of The Innocence Keepers who challenged his behaviour before calling the police.

Fraser was arrested and the group handed over screenshots of the conversation to investigators.

Sheriff Jamie Gilchrist deferred sentence to allow for background reports to be carried out and placed Fraser on the sex offenders register. He will appear for sentencing on October 8.