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Genital video caller avoids jail

Christopher Walker. Pic by Central Scotland news Agency
Walker was placed on the sex offender's register

A man who sent an obscene phone video message to a stranger has been placed on probation for three years.

Christopher Walker, 24, from Bannockburn, admitted committing a breach of the peace by sending the message to a woman in Devon last year.

He said the footage of his genitals was meant for his partner but he dialled a wrong number by mistake.

Walker was also placed on the sex offender's register for three years at Stirling Sheriff Court.

At an earlier hearing, the court was told that Walker and his girlfriend sent similar messages to each other.

However, on 28 January 2008 a 27-year-old woman from the south of England contacted police after receiving the video call.

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary joined forces with Central Scotland Police after discovering the phone was registered to a user in Bannockburn.

When interviewed, Walker said he had been off work and and been drinking when he tried to send the call to his girlfriend, but had got the number wrong.

During sentencing, Sheriff Andrew Cubie said to him: "I am being asked to accept that there was a degree of confusion in this offence - that it was a one-off.

"A condition of your probation is that you attend the community sex offender's group programme."

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