November 2018

Fife sex offender snared by paedophile hunter group sobs as he is spared jail

A Glenrothes man who was exposed by a paedophile hunter group sobbed in the dock as he was spared jail.

George Fraser appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court after previously admitting sending sexual messages to a social media account which he believed belonged to a 13-year-old girl.

The 30-year-old went on to send explicit personal pictures and gave detailed descriptions of sexual acts he wanted to carry out, despite knowing “her” age.

Fraser, of The Henge, was actually talking to a member of The Innocence Keepers who later set up a sting outside B&Q in Leven on October 14.

He later admitted intentionally sending sexual written communications to a person who he believed was a child between 1 July and 14 October in 2017.

The court previously heard how Fraser initiated contact with the profile on the Nearby social media site with the messages becoming sexualised after just eight exchanges.

A total of 860 messages were sent between Fraser and the decoy from the hunter group.

Sheriff Gilchrist said: “The offence that you admitted carrying out is clearly a serious matter and could warrant a substantial custodial sentence.

“Having said that, I have considered the various reports put before me and there does seem to be an argument that the public interest and indeed your interests would be better served by requiring you to submit to a community payback order with various conditions.”

He placed Fraser under supervision for three years, during which time he must also adhere to the notification requirements of the sex offenders register.

He must also take part in the group work programme identified for 36 months and must perform 250 hours of unpaid work within nine months.

Fraser is also banned from having unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16 and must surrender his electronic devices for examination when required.

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.