A Member of the Scottish Parliament is being comforted after it was revealed that he received text messages from a sixteen-year-old boy. Friends of the 42-year-old politician said that he had been bombarded with almost 500 messages from the boy, who has not been named for legal reasons. The unnamed MSP, who was about to deliver the Scottish government’s budget speech, was called away at the last minute which means that Scotland won’t have a budget for the next year.
The boy has been given detention, and his form teacher, to whom the MSP complained, is even thinking of raising the matter with the boy’s headmaster.
The victim’s friends said that the messages had started about 2 years ago, and included requests to meet the man - sometimes without others being present - and demands for money. “There were even some picture messages where the boy was in a partial state of undress, which horrified the victim." It is being stressed that the victim in no way invited such attention or consented to the messages.
Cyber stalking is an offence in Scotland, carrying a sentence of up to 2 years imprisonment, though under-18s are usually let off with a kick up the backside and told not to do it again.
Meanwhile, details of some of the messages have been leaked to social media. They include:
“Where are you? I’ve been waiting for half an hour”
“Can you pay the extra pocket money you promised?”
“What do you think of these boxers mum bought for me?” and
“I really miss you, dad, please come home.”
The spokesman for the victim refused to comment.