A Musselburgh man left a schoolgirl traumatised after contacting her online for sex chats.
Alan Innes contacted the 14-year-old girl on Snapchat and soon began asking her to send him intimate pictures of herself.
Innes, who worked in a care home for the elderly, also sent sexually explicit messages to the girl discussing sexual activity.
Innes, of Eskview Crescent, admitted the offence when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month and he returned to the dock for sentencing last Friday.
Sheriff Michael O’Grady QC said Innes had shown “a genuine level of remorse” about the contact and decided to take the “exceptional step” and spare him from a jail sentence.
Instead Innes was placed on the sex offenders’ register and a supervision order for the next 12 months. He will also have to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work in the community.
Innes admitted repeatedly sending written sexual communication to a girl under the age of 16, requesting her to send him intimate images and discussing engaging in sexual activity at his home address between March 21 and 28 last year.
Musselburgh man asked child for intimate photos of herself
A Musselburgh man who asked a young teenage girl for intimate photos of herself has been placed on the sex offenders’ register.
Alan Innes, of Eskview Crescent, sent the messages to the girl, who is under 16.
He also discussed engaging in sexual activity with the youngster during the online messages last year.
Innes, 36, pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
A not guilty plea to possessing cannabis at his home address was accepted by the Crown.
Innes was placed on the sex offenders’ register for a term still to be determined and full sentence was deferred to June 14.
Innes admitted repeatedly sending written sexual communication to a girl under the age of 16 at his home address between February 1 and April 17 last year.