Facebook pervert Stephen Payne walks free after grooming 13-year-old girl for sex
The Daily Record | Friday, 1 March 2013 | Click here for original article
A court heard Stephen Payne had sex with the teenager at his home after the youngster made clear to him during Facebook chat that she was under age.
But the 19-year-old was given only a community payback order after he admitted sex with a minor.
The young victim’s furious father yesterday blasted the 100-hour sentence.
He said: “I am absolutely bewildered that something of this severity gets you 100 hours’ community service and no place on the register.
“What exactly is the sex offenders’ register for? You could get a heftier punishment than this for fighting at the football.”
Local MSP Helen Eadie was also appalled by the sentence and has written to Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland to voice her concerns.
Payne – who “likes” the far-right Scottish Defence League on his Facebook page – got into online conversation with his young victim in 2011.
During their chat, she told him she was 14, although she was only 13 at the time.
She later went to his home in Rosyth, Fife, where they had sex in September 2011.
The girl’s parents found out about the incident last April and her mother contacted police, who launched an inquiry.
Payne was subsequently arrested and charged. He pled guilty after his Facebook conversation with the girl was traced.
At Dunfermline Sheriff Court on January 16, Payne admitted having sex with a minor.
But Sheriff Ian Abercrombie QC sentenced him to only a 100-hour community payback order.
The girl’s dad added: “I would like him on the register and everyone in the locality to know what kind of person is at liberty to walk the streets.”