A forty-year old man, who pretended to be a boy of 14 and persuaded a 12-year old girl to send him naked pictures of herself, has been jailed for two years and will be supervised for a further three years on his release.
Michael Nisbet, a prisoner in Saughton, who also sent the girl indecent pictures of himself, was told by Sheriff James Scott, sitting in Edinburgh: “Given your lengthy record of offending, I have no doubt that the only sentence available to me is a custodial one. The Court is duty bound to protect young people from you”.
Nisbet had pled guilty previously to two charges involving the girl on various occasions between December 12, 2013 and January 31, 2014, from his then home in Craigour Avenue in Edinburgh. He also admitted being in possession of and taking indecent pictures of children between December 1, 2013, and March 4, 2014. Sentence had been deferred for background reports.
Police raided Nisbet’s home on March 14 this year after receiving a tip-off that he was in possession of indecent images of children, and found that several of the images were of the same young girl. She was wearing a school uniform and officers were able to trace it to a school in Southampton and discovered that the girl was 12 years old.
Sheriff Scott was told previously by Fiscal Depute, John Kirk, that there were 762 still images and 29 movies recovered from Nisbet’s computer and mobile phone following his arrest and that he had a previous conviction for an analogous offence.
Defence solicitor, Eilidh Yates, said Nisbet had been released from prison for that offence in January, 2012. She said he had a number of medical problems, including depression and agoraphobia. The depression, she said, was as a result of “a difficult upbringing”. Her client, she added, had suffered from sexual abuse from the age of 11.
Nisbet was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register.