March 2019

Former Selkirk police officer given supervision order over online paedophile sex boasts

A former police officer has had his name put on the sex offenders’ register for 12 months for boasting on a social media platform about engaging in sexual activity with a fictitious daughter.

Ryan Ballard claimed to be a father of three after registering on ChatStop and sent several sexually explicit messages to an undercover police officer.

The 51-year-old, said to have resigned from his post as a constable with Police Scotland on Sunday, described himself in his profile as a bisexual married man with sons aged 11 and 15 and a daughter aged nine.

Between May 15 and August 29 last year, he sent numerous chatroom messages to the undercover officer telling of inappropriate behaviour towards the girl and what he had done sexually with her.

Selkirk Sheriff Court was told that although Ballard was married at the time, he had no children, however.

The undercover officer, working for England’s south east regional crime unit, reported the matter to Police Scotland’s internet investigations unit, and Ballard was suspended on August 31 after being charged.

Ballard, of Selkirk, has since split from his wife and is now in a new relationship with a man, the court heard.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of sending offensive and explicit messages about sexual activity with both older and younger children over the course of three months.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said: “This was not an isolated incident. There were two separate episodes in which he made these communications.”

The sheriff imposed a 12-month community payback order with supervision involving monitoring of any internet access.

In addition, Ballard will be subject to sex offence notification requirements for the next year.

January 2019

Pervert cop boasted about sexual activity with his ‘daughter’ on chatroom

A police officer boasted on a social media platform about having sexual activity with his fictitious daughter, a court has been told.

Ryan Ballard claimed he was a father-of-three when he registered on ChatStop and sent a number of sexually explicit messages to an undercover police officer.

The 51-year-old constable said on his profile that he was a bisexual married man from Scotland with two sons aged 11 and 15 and a daughter aged nine.

Between May 15 and August 29 he sent a number of messages to the undercover officer on the chatroom talking about inappropriate behaviour towards the girl and what he had done sexually with her.

But Selkirk Sheriff Court was told that although Ballard was married at the time, he had no children.

The undercover officer from the South East Regional Crime Unit in England reported the matter to the Internet Investigations Unit  at Police Scotland and Ballard was suspended on August 31 when he was charged.

Ballard from Selkirk in the Borders has since split from his wife and is involved in a new relationship.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of sending offensive messages and sexually explicit messages in regards to sexual activity with both older and younger children over the course of three months.

Sheriff Peter Grant-Hutchison deferred sentence until March 11 for the production of background reports.