A child sex predator has been caged for sending photos of his genitals to a 12-year-old boy he was attempting to groom.
Scott Russell, 40 was jailed for 16 months and will remain under licence for three years on his release to protect the public.
Russell was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for ten years when he appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court yesterday.
The court heard Russell had swamped the youngster with sexual messages and obscene images, including photos he had taken of his private parts and a video depicting a sex act.
As well as sending naked pictures of himself in his Paisley flat, Russell had sent images of him sitting on a park bench exposing himself, in the company of a small black dog.
These naked selfies featured tell-tale details of his clothing, including his unloosened belt and trousers, as well as furnishings in his flat, which helped police identify him as the culprit.
He continued to hound the schoolboy even after the victim reported Russell to police, sending vile messages and sick photos via a social media messaging app.
Cops who busted him at the flat in the town on December 17, 2019, discovered Russell had also hoarded indecent images on his computer of boys aged between eight and 18 being sexually abused by adult men.
The pervert pleaded guilty to sending sexual messages and images to a child for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification, and humiliating, distressing or alarming the child on dates between November 11, 2019 and December 13, 2019.
He also pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images at his home on December 17, 2019, and to breaching bail conditions by contacting the victim on dates between December 26, 2019 and March 3, 2020.
In addition, he admitted a breach of his bail conditions by being caught with a mobile phone which had internet connectivity on April 24.
Sheriff Tom McCartney had deferred sentencing to call for background reports, including a risk assessment on Russell, before handing him his punishment.
He told him: “A sentence of imprisonment is the only suitable disposal.
“Because of the gravity of the offending, I am concerned that the public is adequately protected from serious harm when you are released.”
His defence agent said that Russell, who walks with the aid of crutches, has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and has “mild learning difficulties”.
The lawyer added he could be “managed safely in the community” and urged the court to place him on the Moving Forward, Making Changes programme, which works with sex offenders in Renfrewshire.
However, jailing Russell for 16 months, Sheriff McCartney told him: “You will be under licence for a period of three years and will be subject to notification under the Sexual Offences Act for ten years.”