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Second Aberdeenshire man jailed for online sexual offences

By David Porter

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A 45-year-old man has been jailed in connection with online sexual offences in Aberdeenshire.

Detective Inspector Anna Johnston, of Police Scotland's National Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “In September 2020 we received a report that online offences had been committed at an address in the Aberdeenshire area.

“On Monday, September 28, 2020, a warrant was executed at the address and Scott Smollet was subsequently arrested and charged in connection with the possession, making and distribution of indecent images of children.

“We welcome the sentencing of Smollet, who was jailed for six months at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Friday, June 18 and will now have to face the consequences of his actions.

“Online offenders may think they are anonymous, and they may not comprehend the terrible, devastating and lifelong impact their actions have on children.

"But there is no excuse for their actions.

“Police Scotland is committed to the protection of children and to bringing all perpetrators of sexual abuse to justice.

"We would urge anyone who wishes to report any child protection concerns or sexual crime to contact us on 101 so we can conduct a thorough investigation.”

His conviction follows that of 62-year-old Malcolm Craig who was also jailed on Friday for sexual offences

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