November 2018

North-east predator jailed for posing as girl on YouTube

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A vile sex predator who posed as a girl to coerce young boys into performing “utterly depraved” sexual acts has been jailed for almost four years.

Rory Gill, 30, was sent to prison yesterday after previously admitting a string of sexual offences, involving promising to get youngsters YouTube subscribers in exchange for obscene videos.

Police found the pervert had a cache of nearly two days’ worth of child abuse videos on his computers.

Sheriff William Summers slammed Gill over “impersonating a girl or girls” and convincing young boys to perform acts on themselves and others.

He added: “Some of the things you had them do were utterly depraved.”

Sentencing him to three years and nine months behind bars, he said: “It is quite clear, given the gravity of these offences that the only appropriate disposal in this case is the imposition of a period of imprisonment.”

He also made Gill subject to a sexual offences prevention order for five years and placed him on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

Gill pled guilty to acting as a female and sending written sexual communications to boys, some aged between 13 and 16, and some under 13, and requesting they perform various sexual acts, between January 17 2017 and November 12 2017.

He further admitted taking, or permitting to be taken, indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children, and also distributing or showing images.

Depute fiscal Jamie Dunbar previously told the court police received intelligence from a “YouTube moderator” and obtained a search warrant for Gill’s address on Burnside Road, Tarland.

Police seized computer equipment and discovered 462 indecent videos of children with a total play length of 43 hours and 25 minutes.

He added Gill used social media to “communicate in a sexual manner with the boys, send pornographic images to them and induce them to engage in dares or challenges”.

October 2018

YouTube snares north-east pervert posing as girl

A pervert who set children sexual dares and challenges with the promise of getting them YouTube subscribers has been told it’s “almost unimaginable” he won’t be jailed.

Rory Gill posed online as a teenage girl and engaged with male children, some under the age of 13, on YouTube and Omegle.

The 30-year-old, who even livestreamed videos of children performing sexual acts online, was caught after a YouTube moderator flagged his behaviour to police.

Depute fiscal Jamie Dunbar said police received intelligence from a “YouTube moderator” and obtained a search warrant for Gill’s address on Burnside Road, Tarland.

Police seized computer equipment and discovered 462 indecent videos of children with a total play length of 43 hours and 25 minutes.

A total of 52 of the videos were assessed as the worst category A.

Mr Dunbar said: “The accused would use the social media platform where he would pretend to be teenage girls.”

He added Gill would “communicate in a sexual manner with the boys, send pornographic images to them and induce them to engage in dares or challenges”.

Mr Dunbar told the court the challenges were of a sexual nature, some involving “removing clothing”, “dancing naked”, and performing sexual acts. In return Gill offered to show the boys sexual images or get them more YouTube subscribers.

Gill pleaded guilty to acting as a female and sending written sexual communications to male children, some aged between 13 and 16 and some under 13 and requesting they perform various sexual acts between January 17 2017 and November 12 2017.

He further admitted taking, or permitting to be taken, indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children, and also distributing or showing images.

Defence agent Liam McAllister said his client, who has no previous convictions, had pled guilty to “incredibly serious charges”.

He said Gill had taken “full responsibility for his actions”, adding: “There are significant issues about his background and personal and family issues that will be explained in a social work report.”

Sheriff William Summers told Mr McAllister: “Your client is going to jail. The question is not if, but for how long. It’s almost unimaginable that the court could deal with this in any way other than imposing a custodial sentence.”

Sentence was deferred on Gill, who was released on bail, until next month for reports.