January 2020

Kilmarnock man sent vile sexual messages to girls he thought were underage

A Kilmarnock man who sent vile sexual messages to girls he believed to be aged between 12 and 15 has appeared in court.

James McFadzean, 54, engaged in a number of chats on the social media dating app Skout.

He spoke with four girls who told him they were aged between 12 and 15 and continued the sexual nature of the conversation, asking them if they were a “good girl or a naughty girl” and describing sexual acts to them.

However, McFadzean was actually talking to adults who were members of various paedophile-hunter groups and pretending to be underage girls.

McFadzean, whose address was given as MacKellar Place at New Farm Loch, appeared before Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to four charges of sending sexual messages to social media profiles which he thought were held by underage girls and attempting to communicate indecently with them.

The prosecutor described to the court that the profiles were being operated by “paedophile-hunter vigilante groups”.

On March 15, McFadzean messaged a girl with an account on Skout.

The profile was being controlled by an adult woman who was using the pseudonym of ‘Jade’, a 15-year-old.

Jade told McFadzean she was 15 and their chat continued until March 31.

The prosecutor said: “The chat was sexual in nature. The accused asked Jade whether she was a good or naughty girl.

“He stated that he wanted to engage in sexual chat. She reminded him of her age. The accused thereafter invited her to send him photographs of herself while asking if she was naughty.”

The next charge similarly referred to a profile on Skout held by an adult woman under the fake name of ‘Tasha’ a 15-year-old.

McFadzean started talking to Tasha on February 1 at which time she told him her age.

The prosecutor added: “The accused requested photographs of her. He said he wanted the photographs to see if she was sexy.

“Again, she was asked if she was naughty.”

McFadzean then asked if she had ever performed a sex act and then sent her messages instructing her in how to do so.

On another charge, McFadzean admitted sending sexual messages to a girl he thought was aged 12.

The account was run by an adult under the pseudonym of ‘Esme’ and McFadzean began the chat on February 5.

The fiscal depute said: “She immediately told him she was 12. He asked for a photograph of herself.

“The conversation continued until April 10 last year. During the course of the conversation the accused stated he was on Skout to talk about sex.

“The accused received the reply that Esme did not know anything about sex and he said, ‘I hope not at your age unless you are a naughty girl’.”

McFadzean then sent messages about sex acts and described them to her.

On a final charge, an adult using the pseudonym of ‘Kelsea’ (aged 13) was messaged by McFadzean.

The prosecutor said: “The accused approached this profile on March 21 saying, ‘do you fancy a flirty chat with an older guy?’

“He asked Kelsea is she was a good girl or a naughty girl. The chat continued until April 28.”

McFadzean then told Kelsea he was “horny” and asked her to send him photographs and then began to describe a sex act.

The fiscal depute told the court that the organisation running the accounts set up a ‘sting’ on April 28.

He said: “Two members of Child Protection Scotland attended at the accused’s home address.

“A video was being taken at this time and the accused stated he would not speak while they were recording him.”

McFadzean was later arrested by police.

Defending agent James Irvine said: “In due course he will speak with social workers and give them information about his own attitude to this and the impact which has been devastating for him and his family.”

Sheriff Alastair Watson said: “The nature of the charges means you will be subject to notifications of the sex offenders’ registration scheme.”

Sentencing was deferred until February for social work reports to be prepared.