Sex offender contacted what he thought was a 14-year-old girl online
A sex offender nicknamed himself “Amapedo” when he contacted what he thought was a 14-year-old girl online.
However, William Wilson later discovered that “Sophie”, the target of his predatory behaviour, was actually a fake identity set up by a paedophile hunter group, a court heard.
After making disgusting requests of the decoy “schoolgirl” and sending her indecent images of himself he was confronted by members of the Wolfpack group at his home in West Lothian from where video of his confession was streamed live on Facebook.
Wilson, 51, from Kirknewton, pleaded guilty on Monday to attempting to communicate indecently with a person he believed was an under-age girl.
He attempted to cause her to participate in sexual activity and asking her to photograph of the genitals of a seven year-old girl and send the image to him for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification or of humiliating, distressing or alarming her.
Christine Brownlie, prosecuting, told Livingston Sheriff Court that the fake profile picture posted on the website Meet24 around 20 March 2022 was of a young white girl aged 12-14. She said it was clear that the photo was of someone under the age of 18.
Within a few hours of setting up the account it was contacted by Wilson, calling himself ‘Amapedo’ and stating “I like you”, quickly followed by explicit messages.
The decoy replied as Sophie telling the accused that she was 14 years old and from Birmingham.
‘Amapedo’ then sent Sophie a message stating: “I just love young girls your age. Any pics of you in your school uniform with skirt? Can I see?”
When she replied that she didn’t think she had any pictures he asked, “Any of you with your legs open?”
The decoy told ‘Amapedo’ that she didn’t have pictures like that on her phone, but she was then asked if she had a younger sister and if she did would she be willing to provide a picture for him.
The accused asked to take the conversation to WhatsApp, and the decoy provided a phone number and told the user to add her on WhatsApp, but rather than communicating via WhatsApp, she received a phone call from someone asking to speak to Sophie then began to receive text messages.
Two days later further contact was made with the profile Sophie on Meet24 with someone using the username Grampa70, who also turned out to be the accused.
The user Grampa70 also sent her explicit messages.
The child profile was thereafter contacted by a user also identifying themselves as Grampa70 on the app Meet4u and she asked him to confirm the last 4 digits of his phone number to confirm it was the same person.
Wilson did so and again sent her sexual messages in which he asked if she could take pictures of her seven-year-old sister due to having “a big thing for young girls”.
Following this the user Grampa70 told to her to forget it and asked her to delete his number.
Details of the chat between the decoy and Wilson were passed on to the West Lothian Wolfpack paedophile hunting group, as was the accused’s home address.
At about 7.30pm the same day three members of the group – one woman and two men – knocked on Wilson’s door and the woman streamed his reaction live on Facebook.
When she informed Wilson she was at his address because of his online activity he replied “Aye, aye” and invited them in.
Police were contacted and screen shots of the messages and images sent by the accused were handed to them.
They also watched the video stream which showed the accused sitting within his living room admitting to communicating indecently with who he believed to be a child aged 14 years old.
The accused was cautioned and charged and replied: “I’m sorry, I don’t know what else to say.” He later added: “Yes, I done it. I put my hands in the air.”
Sheriff Susan Craig called for a background report before sentence, warned Wilson that he may face a custodial sentence and added his name to the sex offenders’ register.
She said he would be told the length of time he would remain subject to notification requirements when he returned to be sentenced on 14 September