A local man who trawled social media to find girls as young as 13 to engage in sex chats – before having sex with one and playing a stripping game with another – has today avoided jail.
Morland, 19, of Watson Watt Place, Brechin, Angus, pleaded guilty on indictment to a total of nine charges under the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act committed between January 1 2015 and February 1 2016.
Defence solicitor Nick Whelan asked Morland be spared a jail term and said reports had assessed him as suitable for community sentences.
Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC imposed a community payback order with 270 hours unpaid work, three years supervision, a requirement to take part in sex offender groupwork programmes and conditions around his housing and contact with children
She said: “This is obviously a matter of concern for the court that you have been searching out girls who are 13 and are much younger than you.
“You have a limited record and you are still only aged 19.
“It seems to me that you have been immature at the time and would really benefit from various programmes and supervision.”
Morland was also placed on the sex offenders register for three years.