April 2021

Scots predator sent nude images to boy he tried to groom for sex

A twisted pervert sent pictures of his private parts to a 12-year-old boy he was attempting to groom for sex.

Scott Russell, 40, bombarded the youngster – who cannot be identified – with obscene photos, vile sexual messages and even forwarded an indecent video, in a bid to coax the schoolboy into contacting him.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard even after the youngster reported Russell to police, he continued to hound him with messages and photos via a social media messaging app.

These naked “self-photos” included tell-tale details of his clothing, including his unloosened belt and trousers, as well as furnishings in his flat, which helped police identify him as the culprit.

Russell even posed nude on a park bench accompanied by his small black dog, and sent the picture to the victim.

Cops who busted him at his flat in the town discovered Russell had also hoarded indecent images of boys aged between eight and 18 being sexually abused by adult men on his computer.

Procurator fiscal depute David McDonald told the court when cops visited the youngster’s home and spoke with his mother, the child said: “He’s just sent me another message five minutes ago.”

Mr McDonald said: “When asked who he was referring to, the complainer replied ‘Scott Russell’.

“He turned his phone towards police officers, who saw indecent images of a sexual nature had been sent through Facebook Messenger. They were taking details when he was sent another message, which said, ‘Love you to make me c***.’”

Officers asked for permission to search the boy’s handset for evidence of what Russell had been sending him.

The court heard Russell had swamped the youngster with sexual messages and obscene images including photos he had taken of his private parts, and a video depicting a sex act.

As well as sending naked pictures of him in his flat, Russell had sent images of him sitting on a park bench exposing himself, in the company of a small black dog.

Police obtained a search warrant for his house and swooped on December 17, 2019. They recovered his PC and his mobile handset.

The prosecutor added: “He was at home accompanied by a small black dog very familiar to the dog in the photographs.

“Police also recovered a fabric belt and blue blanket, also very familiar to the ones in pictures.”

Analysis of the computer revealed Russell had ten indecent images featuring boys aged between eight and 16 being abused by adult men.

However, the court was told even after he was snared by police, he continued sending a flurry of obscene pictures.

He also sent messages warning the schoolboy to make himself a lot older by falsifying his date of birth to police.

Russell appeared in the dock before Sheriff Tom McCartney and pleaded guilty to charges of intentionally sending sexual written communications and images to a child, who had not yet attained the age of 13, for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification, and humiliating, distressing or alarming the child on dates between November 11, 2019 and December 13, 2019.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images at his home on December 17, 2019, and to breaching bail conditions by contacting the complainer on dates between December 26, 2019 and March 3, 2020.

Sheriff McCartney adjourned sentencing to call for reports.

He warned him: “These offences are very serious. You will be aware that a prison sentence is a possible disposal, and that sentence may well be what happens. But I won’t make a decision about that until I have seen the report.”

Russell will be sentenced on May 21.