An Inverkeithing sex offender has been given a last chance to avoid a jail term after breaching his community order.

Richard Moody sent sexual messages to a girl who was only 14 at the time and his offending continued for more than a year.

Moody, 23, of King Street, appeared back at Dunfermline Sheriff Court and admitted breaching a community payback order imposed back in July 2021.

Defence solicitor Alan Jackson conceded the report on Moody’s progress on the order “doesn’t make good reading”.

Sheriff Susan Duff was unimpressed by Moody’s lack of compliance and warned him he could soon be heading to prison.

Moody had admitted that between January 1, 2018, and February 23, 2019, he repeatedly sent sexual messages to a girl, then aged 14, and repeatedly engaged in sexual conversations with her.

Moody was put on a community payback order with three years of supervision. He was also put on the sex offenders register for the same period.

Sheriff Susan Duff told Moody: “I take a very dim view of people who are put on court orders then don’t comply with them.

“I’ll give you one more opportunity and you better put your back into it.”

The order was allowed to continue and Moody will return to court on August 2 to have his progress monitored.