August 2021: Rennie was released on bail and is due back in court on September 22.
Angus pervert snared by Wolf Pack Hunters, sparking major Forfar police response
An Angus paedophile was snared in an online sting operation which triggered a major police response and led to the arrests of several members of an internet paedo hunting group.
William Rennie has been placed on the sex offenders’ register after admitting sending sickening messages and images to what he believed were four schoolgirls, aged between 12 and 15.
The “youngsters” were actually adult members of Wolf Pack Hunters UK, a paedophile hunting gang.
Angry locals descended on Rennie’s home in Forfar’s Old Halkerton Road in August 2018, after several weeks of exchanging messages.
The Glasgow-based group, led by Gordon Buchan and his teenage son Jay, arrived outside the flat wearing hoods and facemasks and bellowed obscenities at Rennie and others inside the property.
The onslaught was broadcast by the group live on social media.
Rennie, 29, appeared at Perth Sheriff Court this week and admitted four charges of attempting to send written sexual communications and images to five adults, posing as girls aged 14, 12, 13 and 15, “for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification, or of humiliating, distressing or alarming them”.
He sent out messages and photos from his home and from the town’s Queen’s Hotel between July 1 and August 11, 2018.
Deferring sentence for background reports, Sheriff Alastair Brown questioned the methods of the Wolf Pack group and suggested Rennie may not be a threat to the community.