August 2017

Pervert jailed for sending explicit texts to girl, 15

A PERVERT who sent a series of explicit texts to a 15-year-old girl in Alexandria has been jailed.

Stewart Clark, 31, sent the messages to the girl over a period of four days last year in the hope of persuading her to have sex with him.

And just a week after pleading guilty to the charge he found himself in trouble again after failing to tell police he had been put on the sex offenders’ register.

Clark appeared for sentencing at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Friday after admitting repeatedly sending the girl messages containing sexually explicit language at an address in Alexandria flat in McColl Avenue between March 20 and 24, 2016.

Fiscal depute Scott Simpson told the court the 31-year-old had been put on the register after pleading guilty to the offence last month.

Mr Simpson said: “The accused was specifically placed on the sex offenders’ register on July 7. He needed, within three days, to register himself, and he did not do so.”

Tom Brown, defending, told the court Clark had misunderstood what he had to do – despite being given written instructions.

Mr Brown said: “He thought he had seven days, rather than three. We always advise people they should do it immediately.”

A social work report on Clark’s circumstances was also provided in time for Friday’s hearing.

Jailing Clark for nine months, Sheriff Pender said: “You sent indecent, sexually explicit, text messages to a 15-year-old girl suggesting that you and she take part in sexual intercourse and encouraging her to do so.

“There is a need for deterrent sentences which express society’s distaste at this type of offending, and I am of the view that only a custodial sentence is appropriate.”

Clark, of Jellicoe Street in Clydebank, was jailed for nine months. He will remain on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

Clark was admonished on the charge of failing to inform police of his status under the Sexual Offences Act.