Singer Craig McMurdo sent sex texts to girl, 13

Craig McMurdo. Picture: Lesley Donald Photography
Craig McMurdo. Picture: Lesley Donald Photography
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A JAZZ singer who sent a string of sexually explicit texts to a 13-year-old schoolgirl, and downloaded a huge stash of child pornography, has been jailed.

Former BBC radio host Craig McMurdo’s career is in ruins after he bombarded the teenager with naked pictures of himself.

The pervert – who has performed for celebrities such as Prince Charles and Hollywood actor Paul Newman – also forced his victim to send him images of herself performing a sex act.

He was rumbled after the girl’s mum discovered what was going on and contacted police who arrested McMurdo at his Gorebridge home where they found child pornography on his computer.

The 49-year-old was yesterday jailed for two and a half years at Edinburgh Sheriff Court after a jury found him guilty of the charges last month.

During an eight-day trial, he claimed he thought his young victim was a “very physically mature looking” woman of 19.

He initially made contact with the teenager through a dating website and targeted her between December 2011 and August 2012.

McMurdo then started exchanging sexually explicit messages with her through social media and their mobiles.

During the case, McMurdo claimed he believed the girl was 19 because that was the age she had published on her Facebook profile.

He told defence solicitor advocate John Keenan that he entered into a “sexting” relationship in which they indulged in “naughty schoolgirl” fantasies.

He said: “It was very convenient. I was under a lot of stress at work.”

McMurdo also told his lawyer that the young girl was a willing participant and had also sent him sexually explicit messages.

He added: “She was a very well-developed girl. It was a fantasy cyber encounter. It was sexting.”

Defence solicitor advocate John Keenan told the court yesterday: “He has lost his career – it was a career which he had for 30 years. He has lost his reputation – both personal and professional.

“His business has effectively collapsed and he has had to declare himself bankrupt.”

McMurdo was also put on the sex offenders’ register.