November 2018: Jailing Long for 18 months Sheriff Peter Hammond told him his name would remain on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
Sex offender admits sending naked pics to ’12-year-old boy’
A paedophile was snared in a Wolf Pack paedophile sting after he sent vile pictures to someone he believed was a 12-year-old boy.
Two members of the anti-paedophile group went to Kenneth Long’s home in Armadale, West Lothian, to confront him, a court heard.
Police arrived arrested Long – already a registered sex offender – into protective custody for his own safety.
Mr Robertson said the apparent aim of the ‘Wolf Hunters’ had been to knock on the accused’s door and ask him about contact he had been having with a ‘decoy’ called Thom on a gay dating app.
“This was all streamed live via Facebook. Nobody answered the door although the accused and his partner were in.
“Very quickly a large group formed outside the locus and were shouting ‘Get him out’ and ‘beast’.
Long, 53, currently a prisoner at HMP Addiewell, pleaded guilty today to a grooming charge.
He admitted to sending an image of a naked penis via social media to a person he believed was a 12-year-old boy from his then home between 28 May and 24 June 2018 “for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification or humiliating, distressing or alarming him”.
Mr Robertson told how a member of the group – an adult male – acted as a ‘decoy’ and set up a false profile on the online gay dating app ‘BoyAhoy’ posing as ‘Thom’, a 12-year-old boy.
He said: “On 26 April 2018 the decoy ‘Thom’ made contact with a man with the profile ‘Kenny Long’ on the app.
“The decoy tells the accused that he is a 12-year-old schoolboy. His profile picture is a picture of a young boy holding a dog.
“The accused used several profile pictures during their time conversing showing images of his face and containing his first name and age (Kenneth, aged 52). These profile images show him pictured in his car and outside his home address.
“During the first few weeks of contact it appears the conversation was non-sexual after which the accused sent the decoy an explicit picture and the conversation became sexual.”
Mr Robertson said Long had warned the decoy to watch who he talked to on the app and at one point advised him to delete it as he thought his mum would be “mad and upset with him” for being on it.
He even told the decoy: “There are a lot of bad people on here.”
The character Thom claimed he was just bored and used the app to chat to people. He asked the accused why he used the app and he replied: “The same, maybe more.”
Mr Robertson went on: “The accused thereafter asks if Thom wants him to be his friend and Thom replies as long as he doesn’t mind being friends with a 12-year-old.
“On 31 May the accused asks Thom: ‘Do you want to meet up with me sometime?’
“Thom asks what they would do and the accused replies: ‘What would you like to do?’ and suggests they could go for a McDonald’s.
“Thom replies that he doesn’t have any pocket money and the accused says he would pay for it. Thom expresses his gratitude and asks: ‘Then where we go?’
“The accused replies: ‘Nowhere. Just talk unless you want to do something else.’
“Thom says he likes swimming and drawing and asked what the accused likes to do to which he replies: ‘Sex.’
“Thom replied: ‘I haven’t done that before. Have you?’ The accused replies: ‘Yes, with a female around my age.’ Thom asks how old he is and the accused replies: ‘52.’
Mr Robertson added: “The accused has then sent a picture of a partially naked male with his genitals exposed. Thom replies that he’s nearly 13 and that the accused is nearly 40 years older than him.
“Thom then asks the accused: ‘Did you send me that photo of a willy?’ The accused replies: ‘By mistake.’
“Thom replies: ‘Oh OK. I thort you sent to me. Sorey, is embrassing.’
“The accused replies: “Y? You like it?’ Thom replies: ‘Never seen a grown up man’s willy before ha ha!’
“Thom replies: ‘Y? Ha haha’ and Thom replies: ‘Well I’m only 12 so I never saw obviously ha ha’ and asks: ‘Is it ur willy tho?’
“The accused replies: ‘No. Some photos I found online. Would you like to see a man willy in person?’”
He then tells the person he believes to be a schoolboy how to play with himself in bed.
Sheriff Martin Edington added Long’s name the sex offenders’ register and called for a criminal justice social work report on his background.
He told the accused: “In view of the nature of this conviction and your schedule of previous convictions I’m going to defer sentence for around three weeks for a report covering supervision, unpaid hours of work and a restriction of liberty assessment. You’ll remain in custody until then.”
He said Long would be told how long he would remain subject to sex offender notification requirements when he was sentenced on 1 November.