Teenager sent sex messages to young children

Gavin Scoular was sentenced at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Picture: Greg Macvean
Gavin Scoular was sentenced at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Picture: Greg Macvean
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A teenager who used social media to repeatedly send a series of shocking ‘sexts’ to seven young children has been handed a four and a half year sentence.

Gavin Scoular, 19, used BlackBerry Messenger, Skype, Facebook and Snapchat to get in touch with the children, who were aged between 10 and 12, on various occasions between August 2012 to August 2013.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how Scoular sent messages asking his victims to perform sex acts on him.

The court heard how he told one 12-year-old girl that he would post indecent images of her online if she didn’t comply with his request.

On another occasion, the same girl and her 11-year-old friend, were forced to watch Scoular performing a sex act on himself on Skype.

He even met up with another 13-year-old girl in a field near Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary Hospital and sexually assaulted her.

But police caught up with the teenager and took him into custody.

The story emerged after Scoular, of Oxgangs Terrace, Edinburgh, pleaded guilty last month to a series of charges under the Sexual Offences Scotland Act 2009 last month.

Sentence had been deferred in order for the court to obtain reports. None of his victims can be named for legal reasons.