An Aberdeen teenager extorted hundreds of pounds from a man she met on a “sugar daddy” website after he “took photos of her breasts” and “threatened to humiliate her with them if she didn’t meet his requirements”, a court heard today.
Aisling Ironside responded to that by threatening to “expose the man’s infidelity to the media” unless he continued giving her cash.
She obtained a further £550 from him before he went to the police over the extortion.
The court was told the man later told Ironside he had “friends in high places” and would ensure “nothing came” of the case.
The man can only be referred to as Mr A after he won a court order barring his identity from being published in relation to the case due to a “pressing social need” – a fight he took to the High Court to protect his identity.
Today Dundee Sheriff Court was told Ironside – then aged 17 – had met Mr A through the website SeekingArrangement.com. The website advertises itself as “a new way for relationships to form and grow”.
It states: “Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddies or Mommas both get what they want, when they want it.”
Ironside’s lawyer insisted there had been “no intimacy” between the pair.
But he said at one stage during their “relationship” Mr A had “taken photos of her naked breasts”.
Defence solicitor Alex Burn said: “He threatened if she did not meet certain requirements he would show this image with a view to clearly humiliating her.
“She then engaged in this idiotic plan to get money from him.”
The court was told Mr A had previously given her £1,200 to decorate a new home among other payments.
Fiscal depute Lynne Mannion told the court that the pair had met on the site and that a “relationship” formed between them.
She said: “He provided the accused with money previous to this particular occasion.
“On this occasion the accused asked for money and advised when he was reluctant to provide that money that she would expose his infidelity.
“There was then a payment of £550 transferred to her bank account.
“However, the complainer then went to the police and advised them of the situation.”
Ironside, 20, of Nellfield Place, Aberdeen, pleaded guilty to a charge of extortion committed between November 25 and November 29 2016.
Defence solicitor Alex Burn said: “She had gone to this website simply for friendship and met with him in various places such as Stonehaven and Dundee.
“She was 17 at the time and during one of the meetings he had taken photos of her naked breasts.
“He threatened that if she did not meet certain requirements he would show this with a view to clearly humiliating her.
“She engaged in this idiotic plan to get money from him.
“Had had given her money freely in the past.
“He previously gave her £1,200 to decorate a new home she was moving in to.
“However, this was by way of payback for what he was threatening to do to her.
“On one view he was an older man with more responsibilities than she did.
“He was married and clearly had a reputation he has spent time and money trying to protect and if anything she’s as much a victim.
“She was young, naive, and she was taken advantage of to some extent.
“He had indicated he had friends in high places, including the police, and would make sure nothing came of this but clearly it has.
“No intimacy occurred between them other than him taking the photos.
“The complainer is someone who is not unknown.
“Ordinarily I’d have expected a compensation order but money is not an issue for this individual.”
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael fined Ironside £550 and said: “This all happened a long time ago and I’m told things have changed since then for you.”