No jail term for Fife man who sent sex­ual im­ages

Stu­art Al­lan had in­de­cent con­ver­sa­tions with ‘de­coy’ pos­ing as child

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - JAMIE BEAT­SON

An Ama­zon worker who was outed as a sex of­fender live on Face­book by a vig­i­lante group was yes­ter­day spared a jail sen­tence.

Stu­art Al­lan – who was sacked from his job at the on­line re­tail gi­ant’s Dun­fermline fa­cil­ity last week – was lured into on­line chats with a woman pos­ing as a 13-year-old girl.

He went on to send the de­coy sex­ual im­ages – prompt­ing the on­line vig­i­lante group An­gels of In­no­cence to set up a sting op­er­a­tion.

They con­fronted Al­lan out­side a Tesco store in Dun­fermline, close to the Ama­zon ware­house where he then worked, broad­cast­ing the sting to hun­dreds of view­ers live on Face­book.

Dur­ing the three-minute film Al­lan re­peat­edly told the group he was “sorry” while they threat­ened to “take him down us­ing rea­son­able force” if he tried to run.

The con­fronta­tion on July 8 ended with po­lice be­ing called and Al­lan was then ar­rested and ap­peared in court the fol­low­ing day.

The ac­cused’s lawyer told Dundee Sher­iff Court that his client had tried to take his own life in the after­math of his first court ap­pear­ance.

It is un­der­stood he drove his car into the River Tay in New­burgh, Fife, where he then lived, on July 13 – four days af­ter his court ap­pear­ance.

Eye­wit­nesses re­ported see­ing a car “fly­ing” over the edge of the town’s har­bour area into the wa­ter be­fore the oc­cu­pant was res­cued by a nearby boat.

Al­lan, 45, of Po­plar Cres­cent, Kirk­caldy, pled guilty on sum­mary com­plaint to a charge un­der the Sex­ual Of­fences (Scot­land) Act.

He ad­mit­ted talk­ing to the de­coy through so­cial me­dia ap­pli­ca­tions Kik and What­sapp and in­ten­tion­ally caus­ing them to look at a sex­ual image, send­ing sex­ual im­ages and en­gag­ing in sex­u­alised con­ver­sa­tion.

The fa­ther of two ad­mit­ted at­tempt­ing to com­mu­ni­cate in­de­cently with a child and at­tempt­ing to send sex­ual im­ages to a child.

De­fence ad­vo­cate Jonathan Crowe told the court that Al­lan’s be­hav­iour was linked to his client pre­vi­ously los­ing his job.

The lawyer said: “There was a brief pe­riod of un­em­ploy­ment and dur­ing that he was spend­ing more and more time on the in­ter­net.

“He was drawn to adult chat sites and ul­ti­mately was spend­ing more and more time there and less with his fam­ily.

“That had a very se­ri­ous im­pact on his re­la­tion­ship. That ul­ti­mately led to the of­fence be­fore the court and he takes full re­spon­si­bil­ity for that.”

Sher­iff Ali­son Mckay im­posed a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der with three years’ su­per­vi­sion, con­duct re­quire­ments around his con­tact with chil­dren and in­ter­net use, and a re­quire­ment to take part in a sex of­fend­ers re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme.

Al­lan was also placed on the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter for three years.

Stu­art Al­lan was con­fronted by a vig­i­lante group out­side a su­per­mar­ket in Dun­fermline and was told they would “take him down us­ing rea­son­able force” if he tried to run.

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