A sexual predator, who targeted young boys while living in Deeside, has been sentenced to five years imprisonment.
Cameron Anderson (30) was jailed for 12 offences which took place between October 1, 2012, and April 24 the following year while a resident of Inchmarlo.
Anderson was also handed an extended sentence of three years, meaning he will face conditions and supervision on his release, and has been placed on the sex offender’s register indefinitely.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that fake social media accounts he operated, where he pretended to be a teenage boy and girl, gave him feelings of “power” and “sexual gratification.”
Anderson was also found with 996 indecent images of children and 738 videos.
He admitted breaching a sexual offences prevention order imposed at Stonehaven Sheriff Court in 2009 by being in possession of a mobile phone and computer equipment and having contact with children under 16 online.
He was also in possession of indecent images of children.
Anderson asked boys under 16 years old questions on an internet chat site, and caused two of them to engage in sexual activity.
Defence agent Peter Shepherd said that Anderson would co-operate with whatever counselling was available to him while in jail.
In 2008, Anderson, then 24, admitted sending inappropriate messages in Huntly and Inchmarlo to young boys on a website.
At the time, Sheriff Annella Cowan placed Anderson on probation for three years and ordered that he carry out 100 hours of community service .
He was also placed on the sex offenders register for three years.
Last week, Sheriff Graeme Napier told Anderson, of Beltie Cottages, Inchmarlo: “You manipulated young children for your own sexual needs.”