Man facing jail after being caught having sex chats with a girl he thought was 13 by online ‘creep catchers’

Dundee Sheriff Court
Dundee Sheriff Court

A man who was caught having sex chats with a girl he thought was 13 by an online “creep catchers” vigilante group is facing jail.

Ross Ottaway – who was at the time on a community payback order imposed for showing porn to three kids under the age of 12 that he was baby sitting – started chatting with a decoy Facebook profile created by online group Creep Catchers UK.

Ottaway, who is blind in one eye after being attacked by one of the kids who showed adult videos to, added the fake profile – under the name Zoe Warner – almost immediately after it was created by the paedophile hunter group.

The woman behind the profile told Ottaway she was “nearly 13” – with him then asking for her address so he could send a birthday card.

Fiscal depute Saima Rasheed told Dundee Sheriff Court that Ottaway then asked for pictures of her “naked and in her school clothes”.

Ottaway then went on to give the woman his own home address and asked her to send naked pictures of herself to him by post.

The group then travelled to Ottaway’s Dundee home to confront him after he claimed his 12-year-old neighbour had sent him images and that he had “shown her how to do it”.

Miss Rasheed said: “He was confornted and was asked to account for his actions.

“This was filmed using a body mounted GoPro camera and was streamed live on Facebook.

“The police were then informed and provided with details of the accused’s conduct.”

Ottaway, 37, of North Grimsby, Arbroath, pleaded guilty on indictment to sending sexual written communications to someone he believed to be a child aged under 16.

The offence took place between July 8 and July 30 last year at an address in Kirk Street, Dundee.

Defence solicitor Anika Jethwa said: “He suffers from a learning disability.

“He was placed on an order in 2015 for the earlier conviction but that was breached in 2017 as a result of this new offence.

“At the time he was living with his mother and after this they were targeted by various individuals.

“His mother had lived there for 22 years and had to leave that property and was homeless for 13 years.”

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence on Ottaway for social work background reports and released him on bail meantime.

Ottaway was also placed on the sex offenders register in the meantime.