March 2021

Moray man admits seeking indecent photos from ‘under age girls’

A 48-year-old man from Moray was snared by a paedophile hunting group after trying to groom young girls to send him indecent photographs.

However, the under age girls were actually decoys employed by the Hunting Online Predators Everyday group, known as HOPE.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard today that police raided Kevin Johnston’s home in Forres.

After seizing phones and a computer, it was discovered he had also tried to solicit indecent photos from two other targets.

Neither of these targets could be traced and it’s unknown whether they were also decoys or real teenage girls.

Johnston did not appear before Sheriff Elidh Macdonald.