Glasgow & West Scotland

Sex predator aged 45 posed as boy to lure girls online

A 45-year-old man from Glasgow is facing a jail term after he was caught luring girls into sexual activity by posing online as a 14-year-old boy.

Graeme Couper admitted 20 offences between 2011 and 2015, including the possession of indecent images, exposing himself and communicating indecently.

He was caught after some victims contacted police.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, sentence on Couper was deferred and he was remanded in custody.

Skype chats

Sheriff John McCormick told Couper: "This is a case involving a catalogue of sexual offences against children spread throughout the United Kingdom over a number of years.

"It's unlikely that there will be any alternative, standing the gravity of these offences, to a custodial sentence."

The court heard that all of the offences were committed from Couper's home in the Pollok area of Glasgow.

In one case, he posed as a 14-year-old boy on a website and asked a 12-year-old girl to perform a sex act on her webcam for him.

He spoke to his other victims, who were all aged between 12 and 15, on Skype and in some instances a mobile phone.

Chat logs

The court heard the health care support worker used three different Skype accounts to talk to the schoolgirls.

When some of his victims came forward, police in England contacted Scottish officers in June 2015.

As a result of a police investigation, officers searched Couper's home and took computer equipment away.

Chat logs from Skype led police to identify other victims and arrangements were made for local officers to speak to them.

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