Teenager locked up for sex crimes against young girls he met online

Wayne Smith, 19, committed the offences between 2018 and 2020.

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Court: Wayne Smith committed the offences between 2018 and 2020.

A teenager has been locked up for sex crimes against six young girls he met on social media.

Wayne Smith committed the offences between 2018 and 2020.

The 19-year-old had sex with three of the teenage girls, including travelling from Edinburgh to Bellshill in North Lanarkshire to meet one.

On Wednesday, Smith pled guilty to a total of 11 charges as he appeared in the dock at the High Court in Glasgow.

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They included having sex with an older child, sending messages of a sexual nature and breaching bail.

Smith, of Edinburgh, was remanded in custody pending sentencing in the New Year.

The hearing was told how a police probe into Smith was sparked after he had met with one of the girls.

The pair had initially contacted each other online.

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Prosecutor Leanne McQuillan said: “They began to discuss having sex and the girl reminded Smith that she was 13.

“There was an agreement that Smith would travel from Edinburgh to Bellshill.

“They met at train station then went to a wooded area.”

After Smith had sex with the girl there, she went on to tell her mother what happened.

The woman then alerted police.

The court was told Smith also had sex with two other young girls after meeting them. They were aged 15 and 14 at the time.

It was discovered he had sent messages said to be “abusive” or of “a sexual nature” to three others.

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Mark Stewart QC, defending, said Smith had a troubled childhood and was aged between 16-17 during the crimes

Lady Stacey told the court Smith was guilty of “serious charges [involving] a long course of conduct”.

The judge adjourned sentencing until January 7. Smith was put on the sex offenders’ list meantime.