Jazz singer Craig McMurdo jailed for 'sexting' girl, 13
- 19 June 2014
- From the section Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland
A jazz singer who "sexted" a 13-year-old girl before being caught with child abuse images has been jailed for two and a half years.
Craig McMurdo, 49, sent the teenager explicit text messages containing naked images of himself and other men between December 2011 and August 2012.
McMurdo had denied committing any crimes.
He had claimed he thought his young victim was a "very physically mature looking" woman of 19.
Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that McMurdo forced his victim to send him photographs of herself performing a sex act.
McMurdo, who has performed for Prince Charles and Hollywood actor Paul Newman, was caught after the girl's mother discovered what was happening.
The mother contacted police who arrested the former BBC radio show host at his home in Midlothian.
Detectives then discovered he was storing a number of child abuse images on computers he owned.
Passing sentence Sheriff Liddle said McMurdo posed potentially "serious" harm to public safety.
He added: "Nothing other than a custodial disposal is appropriate in this particular case."
Sheriff Gordon Liddle placed McMurdo on the sex offenders register.
Det Insp Brian Stuart, of Police Scotland, said: "This prison sentence is further evidence that our officers will continue to robustly pursue all those involved in criminal activity so that they are brought to justice.
"The crimes carried out by Mr McMurdo will have greatly disturbed members of the public and our communities are a safer place with this individual behind bars."