August 2022

Pervert jaield again for following teenage girls

A Fife sex offender who once travelled 150 miles to meet a underage schoolgirl he groomed online has been jailed again for following teenage girls around Glenrothes.

Liam Russell appeared by video link at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Tuesday and admitted breaching the terms of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

The 25-year-old, listed as a prisoner at HMP Perth, hung about Asda in Glenrothes and North Street in the town centre in the presence of teenage girls.

One of the females told police: I dont feel safe around him.

Russell had been ordered in 2015 not to have any contact with people under the age of 18.

Police clocked him in Asda at the self scanners with a pair of teenage girls.

They confronted him as he waited for a bus with three young females

Fiscal depute Claire Bremner explained that on this occasion, one of the girls told police: Ive heard about him and I dont feel safe around him.

He approached us a while ago and he just keeps following us around.

Russell also admitted another breach of his order by texting a 15-year-old girl in Renfrewshire.

Police were carrying out a routine check of his phone when they saw messages to the teenager.

They asked local officers to check with the girl who confirmed they spoke on social media too.

When police returned to seize Russells phone, it had no SIM card, but they found the girls name and number at his home in Smeaton Gardens, Kirkcaldy, on a scrap of paper.

Russell admitted breaching his SOPO between August and September 2021.

Sheriff Elizabeth McFarlane jailed Russell for a year.

She said: Mr Russell, if you continue to breach your order then you will continue to go back into prison because the options are fairly limited.

Russell previously groomed a 15-year-old girl online and travelled 150 miles to meet her at her Ross-shire school.

He took the girl to the school bike sheds and fondled her before she went into class.

Then living in Dunfermline, Russell was jailed after he admitted three sex offences involving two teenage girls at Inverness Sheriff Court.

In 2015, a court heard that Russell posted an indecent video to a social networking site on February 27 of that year showing a woman performing a sex act.

He also posted a message that the woman in the video was a 16-year-old girl he knew, causing distress to the teenager and her mother.

Russell also admitted travelling to Ross-shire on March 18, while on bail, with the intention of engaging in sexual activity with a teenager and groping her in the school grounds.