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Man Imprisoned for Grooming and Blackmail Offences

29 November 2017 Written by Turnbull McCarron Solicitors Category: Blog

A 24-year-old man who pretended to be a scout for a model agency to groom and then blackmail young girls and women has been sent to prison for a period of 44 months.

John Kilpatrick pretended he was a female looking for new talent and between January 2014 and March 2016 he engaged in indecent communications with 19 victims through online messaging. He compelled them to send indecent pictures of themselves and to view sexual imagery.
 
In many incidents, Kilpatrick pretended that as the talent scout ‘she’ had a legitimate basis for seeking images from them. He also extorted, and attempted to extort, further indecent images from them on the basis that he threatened to post the images they had sent him previously unless they sent him further material. The age of his victims ranged from 10 to 25 with all but two of them being 17 or under.
 
“We would urge anyone who has been a victim of such offences to report it to the police so they can be fully investigated,” commented Procurator Fiscal for Tayside, Central and Fife, Jennifer Harrower. “They will be treated with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity by the police and our expert prosecutors and we will do all we can to deliver justice.”
 
"His sentence reflects the zero tolerance approach taken by both Police Scotland and the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service when dealing with sexual crimes and bringing those responsible for committing offences of this nature to justice," added Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Watson from the Forth Valley Public Protection Unit.
 

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