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Paedophile who was snared by undercover police woman to await sentence after admitting offence at Inverness Sheriff Court

By Ali Morrison

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Calum Thomson will be sentenced next month.
Calum Thomson will be sentenced next month.

A CONVICTED paedophile contacted what he thought was a 12 year old girl while he was still being monitored by the authorities.

But Inverness Sheriff Court heard that 56 year old Calum Thomson was communicating sexual messages to an undercover police woman, involved in an operation to snare adults grooming children for indecent images to share on social media.

Today (Tuesday), Thomson of Bruce Gardens, Inverness admitted the sexual communications offence between February 3, 2020 and February 13.

He had sentence deferred until October 8 for a background report and his bail was continued. He was also placed on the Sex Offender's Register. He was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work in July 2017 after pleading guilty to sending sexual communications to two girls under the age of 16.

The court heard that he was one of two sex offenders who had joined a social media group which was under police investigation.

Sheriff Margaret Neilson was told that Thomson sent her over 230 messages in the 10 day period, asking for indecent photographs of her and urging her to perform sex acts in them.

He also sent her two indecent photographs of a man 's genitals and a naked male torso.

In his social media profile, he claimed he was 20 years younger at the age of 35 and lived in Scotland, fiscal depute Robert Weir said.

On March 2, police raided his home and confiscated several devices but only the two images he had sent were recovered.

Defence solicitor Laura-Jane McFarlane conceded that it was a serious offence and that her client realised prison would be an option. But she reserved her comments until sentencing.

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