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SNP MSP Derek Mackay urged schoolboy, 16, to keep private chats secret after bombarding him with messages

A SCHOOLBOY today told how he was “grossed out” by SNP politician Derek Mackay's “cute” compliments — and worried when he was urged to keep the chats secret.

The teenager revealed he hoped Mr Mackay, who has quit his position as Finance Secretary after the messages were revealed, would leave him alone once he found out he was only 16.

He said: “When he asked me about my haircut and said I was cute, I was grossed out.

“He had never complimented me about how I looked before.

“If it had been a joke with a laughing emoji or something that would have been different but this seemed serious.

"That was when I decided to tell my mum.

“But I was nervous about telling her because I felt stupid about it.

“I didn’t want her to be disappointed because she had warned me about the dangers of social media but I still fell for it.

DEREK MACKAY TEXT SCANDAL

The Scottish Sun exclusively revealed:

"When he mentioned about my hair I thought it was weird because I didn’t expect that from him.

“Then when he told me I was cute I thought that’s even worse, that’s unacceptable. It was just too weird for me and not right.”

The youngster said he became increasingly concerned when the MSP then asked if their chats were private.

The boy went on: “He asked if the conversations were between us.

“It seemed like he didn’t want me to tell anyone about it. He didn’t want anybody finding out.

“That was the point when I thought he was definitely trying something.

“When he asked if the chats were just between us it was very strange behaviour.

"When I didn’t reply he must have known then I didn’t like it.

“He said he hoped he hadn’t offended me and it was like he was trying to take it back.

“I was glad when he finally asked me what age I was so that he knew I was 16.

“I think at that point he should have got the hint and went away.

“I was still getting notifications but I just decided to ignore them for a bit.”

A leading child abuse expert warned the messages 'should be probed by cops' and may show 'patterns' of inappropriate behaviour.

Read the full transcript of the messages here.