April 2021

Child sex creep who sent nude picture to 12-year-old jailed for Facebook messages to women

A child sex creep who tried to groom an underage girl has been jailed for ignoring a ban on him contacting women.

Ex-government worker Robert Gibson had been made the subject of a strict Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) after sending a nude picture to what he thought was a 12-year-old girl.

The 43-year-old was in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court again after flouting the strict rules imposed to protect the public and messaging women on Facebook

The pervert had originally been jailed for sending the vile picture, but released on the condition he adhered to the terms of the order, which bans him from “having any relationship, association or acquaintance with an adult female” – unless he has told officers from Police Scotland’s Offender Management Unit.

However, on December 21 the former UK Passport Office worker messaged four women he knew on Facebook from his home in Paisley.

The court heard the conversations were “brief, adult appropriate and general.”

But he had failed to tell police about the interactions and had deleted the Facebook and Messenger apps from his phone, and with it his activity on the apps – which was another breach of his SOPO conditions.

On Thursday, Gibson appeared in the dock to admit breaching the terms of his SOPO by messaging the women and deleting the apps and their history.

His lawyer said: “There was significant adverse publicity in relation to his previous case.

“He very much kept himself to himself. He was already in isolation because of his previous matter, and became increasingly anxious.”

Sheriff Tom McCartney was told he “spoke to these females he knew previously” that day and had recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Sheriff McCartney said: “Breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order is a serious matter.

“It is my assessment that a prison sentence requires to be imposed.”

He caged Gibson for 12 months, backdated to January, when he was first remanded in custody.

In 2019, at the same court, Gibson was caged for 15 months for sending a nude picture of himself to an undercover paedophile hunter.

He tried to groom what he thought was a 12-year-old girl for sex – but she was actually an adult decoy.

He’d actually been messaging a member of Wolf Pack Hunters UK, which roots out and identifies online groomers who target children.

They chatted through apps Skout and WhatsApp, with Gibson saying he wanted to teach her to kiss, that he wanted her to touch his private parts and that he wanted to have sex with her without wearing a condom.

After telling her “sex is not sore” he sent her a photograph of himself naked with his private parts clearly exposed and his face visible.

Gibson resigned from his job at the UK Passport Office over the first case, and was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

Pervert Robert Gibson barred from contact with under-16s caught with three kids at Glasgow soft play

A PERVERT out on bail waiting sentencing for sharing indecent images with a child was caught with three children at a Glasgow soft play.

Robert Gibson was having his ankle tag checked when security bosses spotted him talking to a woman of 31.

The woman mentioned that Gibson had met her three children, aged nine, five and one on three occasions.

Between November 1, 2018 and April 7, 2019 the 41-year-old met with the children at a house and then at a soft play centre in Glasgow.

He was never unsupervised with the children, Glasgow Sheriff Court heard.

The court was told Gibson, from Paisley, met the woman online and became friendly with her through chatting together.

When police arrested him, Gibson said: “I done it. I now realise I was wrong.

“I miscalculated my convictions.”

Before his arrest, Gibson had been in full time employment but, his defence brief told the court, he lost his job.

The lawyer said: “Before [these events] he had lived a blameless existence and he has had a spectacular fall from grace.

“He now finds himself serving a lengthy custodial sentence.”

Gibson had been sentenced at Paisley Sheriff Court for sending indecent images to a child under the age of 16.

He was given 15 months in prison for the crime.

While on bail he had been prohibited from having “contact of any kind with any child under the age of 16 other than as is inadvertent and not reasonably avoidable in the course of lawful daily life.”

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Sheriff Barry Divers said: “I have listened to what has been said on your behalf.

“What my attention has been drawn to, I take a very serious view of this breach of bail.

“Conditions were put in place to protect children and you breached those conditions of bail.”

Gibson was sentenced to 96 days in prison to be served consecutively to his current jail term.

This was reduced from 182 days given Gibson’s guilty plea.