Teenage sex offender pleads guilty

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A teenage repeat sex offender who talked a 13-year-old girl into having sex in the middle of a college campus after adding her on Snapchat was today (Thursday) behind bars.

The 17-year-old - who last year avoided jail for an identical offence carried out when he was 14 - told the girl he was “choking to go with her” before taking her into the grounds of Dundee and Angus College, in Gardyne Road.

They had sex in a “grassy area” of the college grounds - before he immediately got up and told her he had to leave.

The girl’s mother then picked her up before the 13-year-old told her what had happened the next day.

She then told a counsellor who called in police.

Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told Dundee Sheriff Court: “He has a previous conviction from the High Court in 2015 for an offence committed when he was 14 and the complainer was 12.

“He was given a community payback order for that offence and was still subject to that at the time of this offence.

“The complainer in this case met him through mutual friends in 2015 but there was no contact between them until June 2016 when he added her on the Snapchat social networking app.

“On June 6 he sent her a message asking to meet up that night.

“She refused but they met the following day.

“They chatted for some time and he was immediately affectionate towards her, kissing and cuddling her.

“He told her he had been ‘choking to go with her’ and they then walked towards the college.

“He repeatedly asked her if she would have sex with him, and when in the grounds of the college he said ‘have sex with me there’ and pointed to a grassy area.

“They went there and had sex, after which he stood up and said he had to leave.”

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, a prisoner at HMP YOI Polmont, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge under the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act.

Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and remanded him in custody meantime.