Jail for Facebook sex pest

Dundee Sheriff Court
Dundee Sheriff Court

A Montrose man has been jailed for two years after sending pictures of his genitals to young girls over Facebook.

Michael Grimes sent photographs of his genitals to three girls he didn’t know via Facebook.

He also sent “inappropriate sexual messages” to girls under the age of 16.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard his youngest victim was only nine-years-old when she started receiving private messages from Grimes - who was totally unknown to her.

Fiscal depute Donna Brown said Grimes had asked the youngster to assess the size of his manhood in the messages.

Miss Brown told how Grimes sent the private messages after the girl accepted his friend request on Facebook.

A search of his home had revealed pictures on his laptop and his mobile phone, as well as the pair of pink boxer shorts he had been wearing in some of the indecent pictures.

In another incident, Grimes met up with a 14-year-old girl at his home after saying he would give her cigarettes, but the victim left when she “got freaked out” by him.

The court heard Grimes asked the girl to send pictures of herself over Facebook, which she refused to do, but he sent her four or five pictures of his genitals to her.

Grimes, 25, of St John’s Place, Montrose, pleaded guilty on indictment to using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards a 14-year-old girl between March 2011 and October 2012.

He also admitted sending written sexual communications and pictures of his genitals to another 14-year-old girl between April 2012 and April 2014.

Grimes also admitted a further charge related to a nine-year-old girl who Grimes caused to look at sexual images by sending a picture of his genitals over social media in March 2015.

Nick Whelan, defending, said: “He is a young man with a difficult upbringing who is still coming to terms with the loss of his mother.

“He was the victim of an assault in 2009 that left him needing facial reconstruction surgery.

“That left him disfigured for a time which may have hindered him in forming relationships with the opposite sex.”

Sheriff Alastair Brown jailed Grimes for two years and placed him on the sex offenders’ register for two years.

He said: “This conduct is extremely serious and I’m satisfied that for these offences nothing short of imprisonment is in any way appropriate.”