Online predator wanted to meet schoolgirl for sex


A Fife man, who distributed indecent images of children, attempted to meet a 14-year-old schoolgirl for sex.

Aidan Strawn (23), of Cowdenbeath, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court where he admitted a string of offences.

On various occasions between 1st and 30th November 2014, he sent written sexual communications to girl who was then aged 14.

He sent her a sexual image, requested naked images of her, attempted to make arrangements to meet her for sexual activity and sent her sexually explicit messages.

Strawn also admitted that between 26th October 2014 and 24th August 2015 at Glenfield Gardens, Cowdenbeath, he downloaded indecent images of children.

He further admitted that between 6th April and 24th August 2015, he distributed or showed indecent images of children.

Depute fiscal Ron Hay said that in August 2015 police received intelligence about the uploading of an indecent image of a child.

Their inquiries led them to Strawn who agreed to police examining his laptop computer and mobile phone.

Police found chat logs containing indecent images of children and he was detained.

A forensic examination of his devices later found over 2400 indecent images of children and also 124 videos of the same.

The images included sex acts being performed on babies by adults.

The examination also showed that 178 indecent images had been distributed to others via chat logs.

The depute said the images showed “graphic systematic abuse of young children”.

The investigations also revealed his communications with the 14-year-old girl in which he asked to see her naked and said he wanted to meet her in Edinburgh.

He also asked if she would be willing to take part in “a threesome” with him and a nine-year-old child.

Sheriff Craig McSherry called for reports, bail was continued and sentencing will take place on 8th August. Strawn was placed on the sex offenders’ register.

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