October 2018

Pervert caught by paedophile hunters

A sex offender who was exposed by a paedophile hunter group sobbed in the dock after being warned he is facing a prison term.

George Fraser appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Monday after previously admitting sending sexualised messages to what he believed was a 13-year-old girl.

The court was told the 33-year-old had downloaded a mobile application called Nearby in a bid to make friends.

But he began sending inappropriate messages and images of his genitals to the fictional girl between July 1 and October 14 last year – after being told she was a young teenager.

The girl’s profile actually belonged to a member of the Innocence Keepers – a group who expose sex offenders on social media.

Fraser, of Glenrothes, was confronted by members of the group outside B&Q in Leven on October 14 before being arrested and charged.

Depute fiscal Jade Doig previously told the court eight messages were sent before the nature of the conversation became sexualised.

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

“The accused made sexual remarks about what he wished to do to her and sent a picture of his erect penis and a picture of his face.”

Sheriff Jamie Gilchrist QC deferred sentence to allow for a medical report to be submitted by Fraser’s defence.

But he added: “I’ve not at this stage decided that there is a realistic alternative to custody.”

Fraser was ordered to reappear on November 5.