March 2019

Pervert caught by paedophile hunting team

A paedophile hunting team confronted Christopher Kelly when he went to Hamilton Water Palace to meet one of the ‘girls’ he had been grooming

Kelly, of Liddell Grove, East Kilbride, was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register when he appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Friday.

The 27-year-old admitted sending messages and pictures of a sexual nature to two women he thought were girls under the age of 16 between April 1 and July 16 last year.

He also admitted arranging to meet one of the ‘girls’ with the intention of engaging in unlawful sexual activity.

Kelly was living in Kelvin Gardens, Hamilton, at the time.

Vish Kathuria, prosecuting, said the paedophile hunters set up fake online profiles and Kelly made contact with them.

He had a partner of his own but told ‘Chelsea’, who had told him she was aged 12, that he “wanted a relationship, someone I can be with for the rest of my life”.

Kelly sent explicit messages and photos, and asked repeatedly if ‘Chelsea’ would send him naked pictures of herself. But she told him her camera wasn’t working.

During this time Kelly was also communicating online with ‘Beth’ who told him she was 13.

He said he could give her a body massage and told her it would be okay to have sex because “no one would know”.

Mr Kathuria said Kelly arranged to see ‘Beth’ at Hamilton Water Palace, but was met instead by members of the group.

He told the court: “They stopped the accused and a live video feed was uploaded to Facebook.

“The accused said it was rubbish and he could have been hacked. He claimed he was on his way to his gran’s and ‘anyone could have done it’.”

However, he admitted later that he had been the one to make contact with the ‘girls’. The police were called and officers seized his phone.

Sheriff Thomas Millar called for background reports and a risk assessment. Sentence was deferred until May 2 and Kelly had his bail continued.