January 2021

Pervert delivery driver asked schoolgirl to call him ‘daddy’ and wanted a picture of her in uniform

A depraved delivery driver asked one girl for pictures in her school uniform and told another that he planned to meet her for sex.

Alexander Potter contacted the online profile of ‘14-year-old Scarlett’ and sent messages including “do you want daddy to take your virginity?”.

The 47-year-old, also made contact with a second online account who he believed to be a teenager called Lucy telling her he wanted to meet up for sex.

But both online profiles had been set up by adult decoys connected to the paedophile hunter groups Maximum Exposure UK and Groom Resistors UK who subsequently contacted the police.

Potter pleaded guilty to two charges of indecently communicating with who he believed to be a child when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Friday.

His not guilty plea to arranging to meet with one of the girls for sex at a caravan park in Dunbar, East Lothian, was accepted by the Crown.

Sheriff Alistair Noble placed Potter, from Prestonpans, on the Sex Offenders Register and deferred full sentence to next month.

Fiscal depute Gavin Whyte told the court Potter contacted Scarlett on the hi5 social media site on August 26, 2019 and soon began sending her “flirtatious” messages before the contact moved to WhatsApp.

Mr Whyte said ‘Scarlett’ said she was 14-years-old and still at school but Potter continued to message the account.

He demanded she send him a picture of her dressed in her school uniform and sent horrific sexual comments describing sex acts he wanted the girl to engage in.

Among the explicit messages Potter said he wanted to “kiss your sweet lips while sitting on my lap” and “as long as no one sees us it will be OK”.

He also told her “we would have to do it where we would not be seen… like the woods or a building somewhere”.

The fiscal added: “The sexually explicit messages to Scarlett continued and included the accused graphically describing what he wanted to do to Scarlett.

“He also made comments such as ‘don’t worry I don’t want you getting pregnant’ and ‘do you want daddy to take your virginity?’”

The adult decoy then contacted the police and handed over the online chat logs she had saved.

Mr Whyte added Potter also made contact with ‘14-year-old Lucy’ on the Kick platform on September 22, 2019 and his profile included his image and used the name Alex P.

The fiscal said the sordid messages included “I want to meet you, I want to kiss you” and “I could go to jail but I still want you”.

The second adult decoy then contacted the police when she heard Potter had been arrested for messaging the first girl.

Potter pleaded guilty to sending sexual communication and repeated sexual remarks to an adult pretending to be a child, encouraging her to send him a picture of herself in a school uniform, describe sexual activity with her and encourage her to call you ‘daddy’ at an address in Dunbar, East Lothian between August 26 and September 29, 2019.

He also admitted sending written combination to a second adult pretending to be child and asking to kiss her and have sex with her at the same address between September 22 and October 1, 2019.

A not guilty plea to making arrangements to meet a child for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity at Dunbar Caravan Park, East Lothian, on September 29, 2019 was accepted by the Crown.