Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:33 GMT on Tuesday, 6th November 2012.
Cumbernauld child sex groomer McDonald jailed for four years



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GORDON McDonald, a father-of-two who groomed young girls for sex over the internet has been given a lifelong restriction order and jailed for a minimum of four years.

The 57 year old who is from Penicuik, Midlothian, admitted 13 charges covering indecency, grooming children for sex and possessing indecent images.

The offences took place while he lived in Cumbernauld, between November 2005 and March 2011.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how McDonald posted under a number of aliases, which included a teenage boy, a young girl and a transvestite, to engage in sexually explicit exchanges over the net with girls aged between 12 and 15.

In one internet exchange he called himself the "daddy" and told one young girl how he would like to have sex. The fifty seven year old sent other girls explicit pictures and got them to expose themselves on webcam.

The High Court also heard that one young female was black-mailed into continuing exchanges with McDonald when he said that he would post intimate photos he had taken of her on social media website Facebook.

The court was told how another girl was persuaded to meet McDonald after school, and was driven to an abandoned industrial estate, where they performed sex acts on each other.

The girl eventually approaches one of her teachers and told them what had been happening, leading police to start a major investigation.

Before McDonald was arrested, another man with the same name and similar looks, was detained by police until it was discovered that his alibi was genuine.

When police eventually raided McDonald's house, garage and van, they found a total of 4,432 indecent images, both stills and video clips.

Officers were able to establish the identities of his victims when they seized computer equipment and a camera.

In court, his lawyer said that McDonald had been a law-abiding family man until he became obsessed by pornography and internet chat rooms.

He pleaded guilty to a total of 13 charges including indecency, meeting or arranging to meet girls under 16 for sex, and possessing a stash of indecent images.

Sentencing McDonald, Judge Lady Stacey said: "I regard you as a danger to young girls. It will be up to the parole board when if ever you are released."

Under the imposed restriction order, only the parole board can decide if he can be released.

 
 

 
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