Gavin Scoular jailed for sending 'sexts' to children
An Edinburgh teenager who used social media to send a series of "sexts" to seven young children has been jailed for 18 months.
Gavin Scoular, 19, used BlackBerry Messenger, Skype, Facebook, and Snapchat to get in touch with the children, aged 10 to 12.
Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how Scoular sent messages between August 2012 and August 2013.
He pleaded guilty to charges under the Sexual Offences Scotland Act 2009.
On Friday, Sheriff Alistair Noble also ordered Scoular to be supervised by the authorities for three years following his release from prison.
The court heard how he told one 12-year-old girl he would post indecent images of her online if she did not comply with his requests.
On another occasion, the same girl and her 11-year-old friend, were forced to watch Scoular performing a sex act on himself on Skype.
He met up with another 13-year-old girl in a field near Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary hospital and sexually assaulted her.
Sheriff Noble said: "You have pleaded guilty to a series of extremely serious offences.
"I am not satisfied that there is any suitable alternative to imprisonment.
"The public require to be protected from you. Given the gravity of the offences I am satisfied that a custodial disposal is necessary."
Defence solicitor David Patterson told the court his client was sorry for his conduct.
Scoular was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.