'Dangerous and predatory' Edinburgh pervert drug dealer behind bars for online child abuse

A pervert labelled ‘dangerous and predatory’ by a senior detective has been jailed for online child abuse.

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Repeat offender Ian Hunter, 31, was ordered to serve 20 months by a judge at the High Court in Glasgow.

It is the second time the fiend, of Wester Hailes, has been jailed for sex crimes.

Ian Hunter.

Hunter was also once banged up by a judge for his involvement in drug dealing in the Capital

And he struck again despite being banned from contacting youngsters for the previous offence and served with a Sexual Offences Protection Order.

Hunter has now pled guilty to indecently communicating with a child and has been slapped with a very strict Order for Lifelong Restriction – which means he may not be released until it is proved that he is not a danger.

Back behind bars: Ian Hunter

Following the hearing, Detective Inspector Mike Smith, of Edinburgh's Public Protection Unit, said: "Ian Hunter is a dangerous and predatory individual and we welcome his conviction and sentencing for his despicable actions."

“Online offenders may think they are anonymous, and they may not comprehend the terrible, devastating and lifelong impact their actions have on children. But there is no excuse for their actions.

“Police Scotland’s current #GetHelpOrGetCaught campaign proactively targets those who are either already offending or at risk of offending online, and provides signposts to available support.”

Det Ins Smith added: "Police Scotland is committed to the protection of children and to bringing all perpetrators of sexual abuse to justice. We would urge anyone who wishes to report any child protection concerns or sexual crime to contact us on 101 so we can conduct a thorough investigation.”

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