A sex offender has been given an extended seven-year sentence after he admitted trying to form a paedophile ring within Scotland’s prison system.
Reece Scobie, 25, was jailed for two years at Perth Sheriff Court yesterday and had a further five-year period of close monitoring put in place to safeguard the public when he is released from custody.
Sheriff William Wood said: “You have caused a great deal of concern in relation to your conduct and your offending of a sexual nature.
“There are real concerns you pose a significant risk to the public when you are at liberty. You regard the law as no more than an inconvenience and something you can flout with impunity.”
Scobie was caught trying to set up a network of the country’s worst paedophiles by writing to them in jail.
He promised to help Sean McCuaig carry out his criminal fantasy. He also offered to help fellow paedophile Glen Wilson commit crimes.
Scobie boasted about having unlawful material and said he would conspire with them in future crimes. Yesterday he admitted breaking the terms of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order between July 27 2017 and November 7 2018 by having mobile phones and credit cards.
He also admitted on two occasions between September 21 2017 and February 24 2018, at Perth Prison, he tried to conspire with Wilson and McCuaig to commit or assist in committing sexual offences.
He admitted writing to both, informing them he had unlawful content, and offering to help McCuaig carry out sexual fantasies he knew to be unlawful in nature.