Confession of abuse during online chat

James Russell was convicted at Glasgow Sheriff Court
James Russell was convicted at Glasgow Sheriff Court

Former Fir Park stadium announcer James Russell has been convicted of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl.

Russell (56) was caught after a friend, who was suspicious about him, used an online alias to lure him into admitting his crime.

The female friend created a fake profile on a swingers website which caught his attention and the two began to exchange messages.

Russell divulged details of what he wanted to do to a young girl he knew and confessed he had sexually abused the child, unaware the woman also knew the girl.

The woman later contacted police and passed on the information from the online conversations.

Russell denied sexually abusing the girl but his victim, now 16, told the court how she had been indecently assaulted by him.

He was convicted of using lewd and libidinous practices and behaviour towards the girl on a number of occasions between November 2009 and November 2010, sexually assaulting her on a number of occasions between December 2009 and March 2010, taking indecent photographs of her, and also possessing indecent images of children and sexual pictures of humans and animals.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court Sheriff Sam Cathcart deferred sentence on Russell, who also worked for Radio Clyde and L107, until next month and placed him on the sex offenders’ register.