Soldier Alexander Gemmell groomed schoolboy and gave him illegal drugs before having sex with him
Soldier Alexander Gemmell has admitted grooming an underage boy on a
dating website and having sex with him after plying him with illegal
Gemmell, 29, arrived at wasteland in Perth, Scotland, in a black Range Rover and engaged in sex acts with the child.
The offence only came to light when the youngster’s mother found he
had taken an illegal drug and was told the soldier had given it to him.
Gemmell, of Beechgrove Place, Perth, who is based at Leuchars in Fife, started communicating with the boy online.
Depute Fiscal Carol Whyte told Perth Sheriff Court: “The accused
describes himself as a homosexual and sent correspondence to the boy on a
chat site called Fab Guys.
“The boy’s mother questioned where he had got an illegal drug from and he said it was from a man he had been meeting for sex.
“The mother phoned the police and officers took away the boy’s phone and computer.”
Police had investigated the case as part of the national Operation Barlee clampdown, reports the Daily Record.
Ms Whyte said the boy had told his mother he had joined the website to meet men for sex.
She added: “He told the accused his true age but the pair met on a
derelict site in Perth, with Gemmell arriving in a black Range Rover.
“The pair talked and then took their clothes off and took part in sex acts.”
The court heard detectives interviewed Gemmell at Leuchars Army base on February 5.
Gemmell admitted sexual offences with an underage male between August 24 last year and January 24 this year.
Sentence was deferred until October 12 for background reports and Gemmell was placed on the sex offenders register.
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