Former Paisley man avoids jail after sending indecent photos to a male decoy he believed was a 13-year-old girl

A predator has been placed under supervision after sending explicit pictures to someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

Colin Wilson admitted that between November 8 and December 10 last year at a property in Bobbins Gate, Paisley, he repeatedly sent messages to a 13-year-old girl called Zoe Herd – who was, in fact, an adult male.

Wilson, 59, repeatedly attempted to obtain indecent images of Zoe during this time.

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The creep, now of Cheviot Crescent in East Kilbride, also sent photographs of his legs, buttocks and penis to the decoy acting as the 13-year-old.

Defence agent Jim Clark told Paisley Sheriff Court earlier today that Wilson was ranked as a “low to medium risk of re-offending” by social workers.

He explained that the experience he has been through has been “awakening”, adding: “Mr Wilson has the strength within himself to avoid further offending.”

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Sheriff Tom McCartney said: “All of this is serious but I will impose a direct alternative to a prison sentence.”

Sheriff McCartney ordered Wilson to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work in the community to be completed within 12 months, reduced from 250 due to his guilty plea.

Wilson is also to be under supervision for three years with a conduct requirement that he takes part in the Moving Forward Making Changes treatment programme for sex offenders.

Sheriff McCartney also made Wilson subject of the notification requirement for three years with requirements that he has not to reside anywhere without the prior approval of his social worker.

He was also ordered not to frequent places children attend such as parks and schools, not to have any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18 and not to delete his internet history on any devices and allow police to search all devices.

Wilson will return to court in four months for a review hearing to ensure he is complying with the order.

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Daily Record – Paisley