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Youth worker admits stalking charge

A volunteer youth worker who bombarded a teenage girl with hundreds of unwanted messages  has been given a Community Payback Order and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work after admitting a charge of stalking.

58 year old Andrew Ingram worked with the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers programme in Angus and repeatedly contacted the girl through text and social media messenger services in July and August last year.

The 14 year old had initially contacted Ingram to raise concerns about bullying of another person in the group but Ingram subsequently contacted her on numerous occasions without any reference to either the youth group or the issues she’d raised.

Forfar Sheriff Court was told that, in total, it was found he’d sent 174 messages over a 20 day period, the majority of which were unrelated to the youth group and a number of which were inappropriate given the age of the girl.

Les Brown, head of the Crown Office Criminal Allegations Against the Police division said:

“The accused in this case took advantage of his position as a volunteer who was trusted by the youths in this organisation.

“His behaviour was unacceptable and caused increasing anxiety and alarm for his victim.

“This type of behaviour can have a dramatic impact on the victim and we will continue to prosecute stalking offences effectively and appropriately, and use the full powers of the legislation available to us.”