Brian McMenemy jailed for web grooming of teenage boys

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Brian McMenemy
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Brian McMenemy admitted the charges against him

A children's panel member has been jailed for 19 months for grooming boys on social networking sites.

Brian McMenemy, 47, posed as a 17-year-old girl called Jade, befriended them on Facebook and Bebo, and asked them to carry out sex acts over their webcams.

He was caught after the mother of one of his teenage victims viewed a chat log and became suspicious.

McMenemy, from Carnwadric, Glasgow, admitted the charges against him and was jailed at the city's sheriff court.

He admitted charges of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards a 13-year-old boy between July 2008 and July 2009.

Social work volunteer

He admitted two charges of pretending to be Jade and inducing two other 14-year-old boys to carry out sex acts via a webcam and engage in sexually explicit conversations with them between January 2011 and February 2012.

McMenemy also admitted fraudulently talking to another male, by pretending to be the teenage girl.

The court heard how he was employed as the deputy manager of the Stopover project, run by the charity Quarriers, that provided support for vulnerable people between 16 and 24.

He was also a volunteer for the social work department as a support carer and provided care within his own home.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Martin Jones QC told him a custodial sentence was "appropriate".

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