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Jon Walker who groomed girl aged 12 on web jailed

Jon Walker
Image caption The court heard Jon Walker, 23, said age was "only a number"

A Fife man who sent sexually explicit picture messages to a 12-year-old girl he groomed on the internet has been jailed for 17 months.

Jon Walker, 23, from Newburgh, sent a picture of his private parts online before saying age was "only a number".

Walker admitted he sent the girl a photograph and sexual messages between February and May 2013.

He also pleaded guilty to being in possession of indecent images of children on 26 June 2013.

He has a previous conviction for lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour.

The court heard that when the girl received the indecent message she responded asking if he knew how old she was.

He said: "Yes, and I don't care. Age is only a number."

Full responsibility

Police were called after the child's mother became aware of the messages and a search warrant was obtained to search Walker's home.

Further indecent images were found on a laptop owned by the 23-year-old, including 124 at level one and four at level two.

Police also found 18 videos, of which six were level four and one was level five.

Another laptop and memory card were also found at the address which contained 39 further indecent images at level 1.

Defence agent Robin Beattie said Walker, was "very apologetic" and "accepted full responsibility".

"These are serious offences," he said. "They have been committed through immaturity, boredom and lack of awareness."

Sheriff Charles Macnair QC also gave Walker a three-year extended sentence meaning he will be supervised after his release.

He also imposed a sexual offences protection order curbing his internet access and banning him from contacting children under the age of 16.

The sheriff said: "At the time of these offences you were on probation in relation to offences committed against children.

"You were subject to a number of restrictions and you breached your probation order on a number of occasions."

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