Pen­sioner who asked youth for sex placed on su­per­vi­sion

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

A 70-year-old man who asked a teenager for sex at Dun­fermline Bus Sta­tion has been sen­tenced.

Wil­liam Carter ap­proached the 17-year-old as he sat on a bench lis­ten­ing to mu­sic wait­ing to meet a friend around lunchtime on Au­gust 11.

At Dun­fermline Sher­iff Court Carter, of Paul Street, Lochgelly, pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted mak­ing a sex­ual com­ment to the youth with­out his con­sent.

Sher­iff James Mac­Don­ald placed him on a com­mu­nity pay­back order with six months of su­per­vi­sion.

De­pute fis­cal Dev Ka­pa­dia told the court the com­plainer did not know Carter, who ap­proached him and asked him what he was look­ing at on his mo­bile phone.

When the vic­tim said he was look­ing at so­cial me­dia the ac­cused said: “Do you like boys or girls?”, Mr Ka­pa­dia told the court.

A photo of a male ap­peared on the youth’s phone screen and Carter said: “Do you think he’s good look­ing?”

Mr Ka­pa­dia said: “By this point the com­plainer was sim­ply try­ing to ig­nore him.”

When Carter asked if he wanted to per­form oral sex on him, the teenager re­fused and walked away.

Mr Ka­pa­dia said: “A woman who had ob­served what was hap­pen­ing went to speak to the com­plainer as he ap­peared to be cry­ing.

“She asked if he was OK and he said the ac­cused had propo­si­tioned him for sex. He was shaken and up­set.”

The vic­tim, who had taken a photo of Carter on his phone, re­ported the in­ci­dent at Dun­fermline Po­lice Sta­tion.

Carter ini­tially in­sisted he only had “a squint at the boy’s phone” but later ad­mit­ted what he had said.

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