March 2019

Bute pervert begged schoolgirl, 15, to send him bikini pic and told her he was ‘pitching a tent’ under his duvet

A Bute pervert begged a 15-year-old girl to send him snaps of her in a bikini and told her he was “pitching a tent” under his duvet.

Shanan Rodger, of the island’s main town Rothesay, also sent the schoolgirl indecent images and told her she made him “horny”.

The beast, 27, messaged her saying her could see part of her breast on a swimming trip, and he was “pitching a tent” in his bed.

Prosecutor Lindy Scaife told Greenock Sheriff Court: “The girl took that to mean that he had an erection.

“She exposed some of this to a school counsellor and then the police became involved. “The girl was reluctant to speak to the police about it, however, the accused was subsequently arrested and he made admissions regarding the messages.

“His position was that he was ‘just taking the mick’.”

Rodger of Ladeside Place, pleaded guilty to communicating indecently with the child for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification, or of humiliating, distressing or alarming her.

The offences took place between August 1 and September 18 last year.

Sheriff Andrew McIntyre told him: “It is important that children are protected from all forms of such activity. “It is important to ensure that any risk you pose is addressed to the greatest possible extent.”

The perv will be under supervision for three years and is required to complete 160 hours of unpaid work within nine months.

He must have no unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 16 and must make any internet-enabled device available for inspection, and not not download any software which can erase his browsing history.