October 2015

Former DJ James Russell jailed for abusing young girl

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A former Radio Clyde DJ who confessed online to sexually abusing a young girl has been jailed for three years.

James Russell, 56, was caught when a female friend lured him into admitting his crime on a swingers website.

Glasgow Sherriff Court heard that one of the online names used by Russell was “Peter.fyle”.

Russell, who also previously worked for Motherwell Football Club, told the woman – who he thought was a stranger – how he abused the 10-year-old girl.

He also posted a photograph of the girl online, unaware that the woman knew the child.

The woman had become suspicious of Russell and, after carrying out an internet search, found him on a swingers website.

She created a fake profile which led to him starting a conversation with her online.

During the chats Russell, from Govanhill, said: “Every time I see her in her school uniform I want to molest her so sometimes I do”.

He also described how he “can’t resist” the child.

Excerpts of chat logs were read to the court including him saying to her that he was a “borderline paedo”. He said “It’s actually quite nice to admit”.

Russell told the woman he was “especially turned on” by eight to 14-year-olds.

During one conversation he changed his profile picture on the Yahoo chat to one of the young girls he was talking about, in her school uniform.

In evidence the woman said: “I was very shocked, I didn’t know what to do. Obviously I was upset, I knew at that point I had to take it further .”

Russell, who was not working at Radio Clyde at the time, also told the woman about his “illegal” pornography collection.

In court, he claimed he wanted to become sexually involved with the woman he was talking to online and thought their conversations would help with this.

He denied sexually abusing the girl.

His victim, now 16, told a jury she had been indecently assaulted by him.

Russell was convicted of using lewd and libidinous practices and behaviour towards the girl on a number of occasions between November 2009 and November 2010 when she was between 10 and 11 years old.

He was also convicted of sexually assaulting her in December 2010, as well as taking indecent photographs of her.

Russell was also found guilty of possessing indecent images of children and sexual pictures of humans and animals.

Sheriff Sam Cathcart ordered Russell to be monitored in the community for two years after his release from jail due to the risk he poses to the public.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register.

September 2015

Paedophile ex-radio DJ admits sexually abusing young girl

A former radio DJ who sexually abused a child was snared when a suspicious friend lured him into admitting his sordid crime.

James Russell, 56, confessed in an online chatroom that he was a “borderline paedo” and said that every time he saw his victim in school uniform he “wanted to molest her so sometimes I do”.

Russell, who used to work for Radio Clyde in Scotland and was also the voice of Motherwell FC, admitted his crimes to a female friend who had posed as a stranger on a swingers website.

He described to her how he “can’t resist” the child and added: “It’s actually quite nice to admit”.

The friend told Glasgow Sheriff Court she had carried out an internet search for him after she grew suspicious about him.

She found him on a swingers website and on reading his profile decided to probe further.

The woman created a fake profile which caught his attention and they started to chat

Russell asked the woman to speak on an instant chat website instead of the website and they began talking on Yahoo messenger.

The court heard that one username Russell used on Yahoo was “Peter.fyle”.

Excerpts of chat logs were read to the court including him saying to her that he was a “borderline paedo”.

Russell told the woman he was “especially turned on” by eight to 14 year olds.

He confessed to her how he abused a young child unaware that the person he was chatting to knew the child.

Sick Russell said: “Every time I see her in her school uniform I want to molest her so sometimes I do”.

During one conversation Russell changed his profile picture on the Yahoo chat to one of the young girl he was talking about, in her school uniform.

Giving evidence in court the woman said: “I was very shocked, I didn’t know what to do. Obviously I was upset, I knew at that point I had to take it further.”

Russell also told the woman about his “illegal” porn collection.

The woman later contacted the police and passed on the information from the online conversations with Russell.

After a trial Russell was convicted of using lewd and libidinous practices and behaviour towards the girl on a number of occasions between November 2009 and November 2010 when she was between 10 and 11 years old.

He was also convicted of sexually assaulting her between December 2010 and March 2010 on a number of occasions, as well as taking indecent photographs of her.

Russell, from Govanhill, Glasgow was found guilty of possessing indecent images of children and sexual pictures of humans and animals.

Russell denied sexual abuse and claimed he wanted to become sexually involved with the woman he was talking to online and thought that their conversations would advance this.

Sheriff Sam Cathcart deferred sentence on him until next month and placed him on the sex offenders register until then.