Forfar Snapchat man admits unlawful sex with 14-year-old

© PAThe girl was contacted on Snapchat. (library image)
The girl was contacted on Snapchat. (library image)

A 20-year-old man who groomed a 14-year-old girl over social media and talked her into having sex in his car was reported to police by his horrified dad, a court has heard.

Philip Barr first contacted the girl via Snapchat using two fake names.

Later, after he had sex with the girl, Barr was found hiding in her wardrobe by her brother.

And when his “horrified” father found out about the incident Barr was escorted straight to police headquarters.

Barr, who works as a boat builder, has been placed on the sex offenders register and now faces a jail term when he returns for sentence next month.

Depute fiscal Vicki Bell told Dundee Sheriff Court that Barr knew the girl was 14 from the outset.

She said: “He conversed with the complainer using two fake Snapchat accounts. She assumed it was a boy of the same age as her.

“He then claimed to be 17 years old but she later became aware it was the accused and knew who he was.

“She asked him if it was weird for him to be having contact with a 14-year-old girl but he said no.

“On February 9 he contacted her and said he had been thinking about her.”

Barr picked her up in the car and drove to another area where they had sex.

“She didn’t want to tell anyone about what had happened.

“On February 26 he met the complainer at her home.

“He was later found by her brother hiding in a wardrobe and was told to get out.”

Barr denied having sex with her at that stage.

“The accused’s father was then told by the complainer’s friend.

“Thereafter he admitted what had happened and his father took him to police headquarters and gave a statement.”

Barr, 20, of Fyfe Street, Forfar, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge under the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and released Barr on bail.

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