A fake online modelling agent who conned a “vulnerable” autistic 15-year-old girl into sending him a string of sexual selfies is facing jail.
Andrew O’Neill then sent a topless photo of the girl to two of her friends when she became suspicious and refused to send him any more photos.
O’Neill threatened to send more images to her friends and family if she didn’t supply him with more indecent photos. The abuse only came to light when the girl’s mother called the police.
They raided O’Neill’s home and found evidence of his scam – as well as a massive haul of child abuse images on a laptop, tablet and mobile phone.
Fiscal depute Nicola Gillespie told Dundee Sheriff Court that O’Neill used the psuedonym Jennifer Watts, with a profile picture showing a woman in her early 20s describing “herself” as a “modelling agent”.
Miss Gillespie said: “The girl has high functioning autism and can remember events very clearly.”
O’Neill, 21, of Baxter Park Glebe, pleaded guilty on indictment to charges of attempted extortion committed between July 1 2016 and September 14 2016 and taking or making indecent images of children between July 11 2016 and July 31 2017.
Solicitor Scott Norrie said: “He has been made aware by me of the likely outcome of these proceedings.”
Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence and said: “He told her lies and he obtained material from her.
“The only thing as presently advised preventing him being sent to the High Court for sentencing is that this is an early plea.”