Reece Scobie was deemed a danger to children in Scotland
A DANGER TO CHILDREN
Scotland’s top cop wins court battle to place strict monitoring conditions on notorious Perthshire paedophile Reece Scobie
SCOTLAND’S top cop has won a rare civil action to have a dangerous paedophile and serial fraudster made subject to strict monitoring conditions.
Reece Scobie has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register as a result of the action despite having no sexual offences conviction in the United Kingdom.
Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley won the right to monitor Catch Me If You Can conman Scobie on the basis of him being caught with child pornography while he was abroad.
Notorious Scobie, who has used stolen credit card details to travel the world, was jailed in Iceland in January 2016 after being found with child porn images and videos.
The Chief Constable lodged an action at Perth Sheriff Court to argue that the nature of Scobie’s conviction in Iceland meant he posed a serious danger to children in Scotland.
The rare notification hearing – believed to be only the second of its kind – was heard this week and was granted against Scobie by Sheriff William Wood.
A Police Scotland spokesman declined to comment on the case and refused to give details of the conditions imposed upon Scobie despite the matter being one of public safety.
Scobie has already been caught defying a strict ban on internet use since his return from Iceland and was ordered to carry out 80 hours of community work.
The 23-year-old was caught using the internet at his home in Inchture, Perthshire, and also having a secret mobile phone which he later disposed of in February this year.
As well as being jailed for 12 months in Iceland last year, he was also ordered to pay the equivalent of £18,000 court costs after he admitted several frauds and having a large haul of child porn.
He was found with 4,750 photographs and 345 videos of child porn and the internet restricting conditions were in place upon his return to Scotland.
Scobie had vowed to stay out of trouble after being freed from prison in Iceland, but was arrested within days of his return.
In 2016, Scobie was jailed for eight months after he dressed up as a police officer in a bid to obtain details of child stars from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
In 2013, Scobie, who was just 19, was locked up for 16 months after he admitted carrying out a massive con to fund his “fantasy” globetrotting lifestyle.
He was compared to notorious Catch Me If You Can fraudster Frank Abagnale in the wake of a global travel con funded by £70,000 he duped from travel agents.
Scobie, a tech expert described in court as borderline genius, booked flights around the world and rooms in hotels used by A-list stars including Angelina Jolie.
Abagnale Jnr, played by Leonardo di Caprio in the movie, posed as an airline pilot to travel the world while taunting the authorities.
Scobie booked as many as 30 hotel rooms and at least five luxury holidays across the world each costing between £5,000 and £10,000.
The teenager – who lived with his mother – booked round the world trips taking in Dubai, Auckland, Atlanta, New York and Vancouver.
And when he was already being investigated, Scobie even managed to dupe court staff into handing him back his passport which had been confiscated as a condition of bail.
On his return from Iceland, he said:
“I don’t know why I did it. I have a huge interest in planes and travel, but it’s nothing like Catch Me If You Can. It was just the thrill of being on the flight. I pretty much just got off a plane and then went on another one. When booking them, it was just something I did and then I didn’t even remember I’d done it. I never thought of the consequences at the time of people losing their money but it was afterwards I wished I hadn’t done it. I never did it purposefully or to cause harm. I want to stop doing it. I’m done with seeing the inside of police stations and prisons. I can’t deal with it anymore.”
A Perth Sheriff Court official confirmed that the order had been granted against Scobie “based on a conviction from Rejkjanes County Court in Iceland on 28 January 2016.”
He will remain on the register until 27 January 2021.