July 2023

Sent explicit messages, selfies and graphic videos to what he thought was a 14-year-old girl

A Perth paedophile who was exposed following a covert police operation has been spared jail.

Alan McDade sent explicit messages, selfies and graphic videos to what he thought was a 14-year-old girl called Beth.

The youngster was in fact an undercover police officer.

McDade bombarded “Beth” with requests for nude photos and sent her sexual images, even after she told him she was at lessons.

He told her he was being extra careful, “because I could get into trouble messaging you”.

McDade, 53, returned to Perth Sheriff Court having earlier admitted attempting to communicate indecently with a child on various occasions between January 7 and February 2, 2021.

He dodged a prison sentence but was told he must stay on the Sex Offenders Register for three years.

Sheriff David Hall told McDade: “I will give you some limited credit for pleading guilty to this serious matter.

“In your case, I am satisfied there is an alternative to a custodial sentence.”

He was placed on supervision as part of a two year community payback order.

The court heard that McDade contacted the Snapchat profile on the day it was set up by police, January 7, 2021.

After the decoy accepted him as a friend, she stated she was 14 and still in school.

“This was emphasised throughout the chat,” said fiscal depute Joanne Ritchie. “She constantly brought up being in lessons and doing school work.”

McDade told Beth: “I could get in trouble for even chatting to you. Old guy, young girl.

“Can you promise this is just between the both of us?”

McDade’s messages became increasingly explicit and he sent her a series of graphic images and videos.

When Beth told him she had an online school lesson, McDade said: “Pay attention little lady or I might send you a pic and put you right off.”

He then sent her two photos of a penis and a video of an adult performing a solo sex act.

Police executed a search warrant on McDade’s home in Hawarden Terrace on March 16.