Fife man admitted sending sexual messages and images to 'child'

A Fife man who admitted sending sexual messages and images to who he believed was a young girl, but was in fact an adult pretending to be a child, has had his sentence deferred until June.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 12:52 pm

Ian Henderson, of Kirkland Drive, Methil appeared before Sheriff Keith O’Mahoney at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

Henderson, 41, admitted between August 14 and August 20, 2020 at his home address and elsewhere, he attempted to cause a person, who he believed to be a child who had reached the age of 13 years but was under 16, namely a child called Kelsey, but was in fact an adult male pretending to be said child, to look at a sexual image and that he sent sexualised messages and images of a naked woman and attempt to cause the child to view the image.

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He also admitted between those same dates and at the same place, for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification or of humiliating, distressing or alarming a person he believed to be a child called Kelsey, but was in fact an adult male pretending to be the child, sending a number of sexualised messages and images including an image of a naked woman and attempting to communicated indecently with a child, contrary to the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.

Sheriff O’Mahoney deferred sentence until June 10 to allow for the preparation of a criminal justice social work report and restriction of liberty assessment. Henderson was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register. His bail was continued meantime.

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