June 2021

Pervert sent naked selfies to ’14-year-old girl’

A sex beast who sent naked selfies to what he thought was an underage girl and asked for her pants has pleaded guilty.

Stewart Henderson, 53, sent naked selfies and requested love letters from the 14-year-old girl named ‘Daniella’

But he was unaware that he was interacting with an adult decoy, Paisley Sheriff Court heard.

Procurator Fiscal Depute Ed Sheeran said that Henderson, of Paisley, sent dozens of indecent messages to the profile over a six-day period last year.

The prosecutor told Sheriff Bruce Erroch that Henderson had reached out to the decoy profile in question on Facebook Messenger on August 30, 2020.

But it was not the real profile of an underage girl, and was actually run by an adult decoy working with the Elite Solo Decoys group, based in England.

Mr Sheeran explained: “They patrol the internet for adults who seek to speak to children for the purposes of sexual gratification.”

He said Henderson had tried to video call the profile in question but that the call went unanswered.

He then messaged the profile saying, “do you want me?”, with the decoy replying, “what you mean?”, prompting him to say, “to make love with you”.

And, when the decoy replied that she was only 14, he said he was 53, told her he loved her and asked her to be his girlfriend.

He then said he would wait until she was 16 before their relationship turned physical.

But, the court heard, the conversation then became “highly sexualised”, with Henderson insisting the youngster was his girlfriend and asking if she’d sleep with him.

He then sent a naked selfie to the profile and asked to be sent a love letter containing dirty pants and a picture of the girl.

He admitted in the messages that he could be jailed if he was caught, and the decoy began to wind down the messages.

And, after he gave over his name and address, he was confronted by members of the group who snared him at his home.

The ‘sting’ was live streamed on Facebook and, the court heard, he stated: “Yeah, I know. It won’t happen again.”

And, when police officers arrived at his home to investigate, they were able to identify the wallpaper in his bedroom as the same wallpaper from the naked selfies he’d sent.

Henderson, who lived in Barrhead at the time, admitted breaking Sections 31, 33 and 34(1) of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.

The charge stated he sent messages to what he believed to be a child, between the ages of 13 and 16, “for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification”.

Sheriff Erroch called for background reports to be prepared ahead of sentencing and adjourned the case until next month for that to be done.

The judge will also decide whether Henderson should be made the subject of a strict Sexual Offences Prevention Order.