A 38-year old man, who conned five women into sending him nude photos of themselves, by pretending to be a representative of a modelling agency, and sent an 11-year old girl a picture of his naked penis, has been jailed for 16 months.
Alan Walker, who is serving a 10-year sentence in Saughton Prison for rape, pled guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today to fraudulently obtaining the photographs of the women in a state of undress, by claiming he worked for the Epic Models Agency. His con game covered a period from January 2011 to July 2014. Walker also pled guilty to sending the 11-year old girl a photograph of his penis on Facebook. All the offences were committed from premises in Market Street, Musselburgh, East Lothian.
Fiscal Depute, Ann MacNeill, told Sheriff Frank Crowe how Walker contacted the women, who were aged between 24 and 16, on Facebook, claiming to be in the modelling business and asking them to send him naked photographs of themselves with a view to being taken on as models for photo shoots.
Sheriff Crowe asked: “I take it these were topless photographs?”. The Fiscal replied: “Topless and naked”. The women, she added, understood this would “be their entry to the modelling world”.
Walker also contacted the 11-year old on Facebook using the name “Jamie Smith”, but her mother became aware of the photo and contacted the police.
Defence solicitor advocate, David Allan, told Sheriff Crowe, that his client had been jailed for 10 years with a five year extended sentence in June of this year for rape and would not be considered for parole until 2020. Sheriff Crowe asked him if he wished to say anything about the offences, but Mr Allan replied: “No, the offences really speak for themselves”.
Sheriff Crowe told Walker: “These are serious offences which ordinarily would result in a prison sentence such as you are serving and a prison sentence is the only sentence I can consider at this time. You are in prison for a considerable period and will be under supervision and on the Sex Offenders Register for life. The public will be well protected from you in future”. Although the women had been adults, Sheriff Crowe said they had been vulnerable to his fraud and had been “encouraged to do things which they would otherwise not have done”.
He jailed Walker for eight months on the offences regarding the women and 16 months for “the serious offence against a young girl”. The sentences to run concurrently.