A DUNTOCHER man has been arrested and charged after an online video posted by a vigilante group “outed” him as an alleged paedophile.

The sting was broadcast live to viewers on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon. The video now has more than 57,000 views.

The team who conducted the door knock call themselves Maximum Exposure UK and claim they are “exposing online predators” by publishing the footage.

Members of the group often pose as young girls on social media and then confront men they claim have been behaving inappropriately towards children. Information they have gathered is then passed to the police.

The group allege the 63-year-old Duntocher man (who cannot be identified for legal reasons) had been contacting who he believed had been young girls online and asking them for photos.

In the footage, they inform him he had actually been communicating with their adult “decoys” for months, allegedly sending them inappropriate messages and indecent material.

Police Scotland confirmed a 63-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with alleged indecent communications.

A spokesman added: “Officers were called to Duntocher around 4.30pm on Tuesday, November 12, regarding the allegation.”

The man appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Thursday and made no plea or declaration. He was released on bail.

Detective Superintendent Elaine Galbraith, head of child protection, urged the public to share their concerns directly with cops.

She said: “Members of the public do not have the training, knowledge or mechanisms with partners to protect children and capture evidence to the standard required.

“We will always respond to information which suggests a child has been or may be sexually abused, whether online or offline. Call 101 or in an emergency 999.

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“Child protection is a priority for Police Scotland and we will investigate all reports of child sexual abuse, in all its forms, which increasingly includes online offending.

“We want to reassure communities Police Scotland is fully committed to the investigation of child abuse, using our resources locally and nationally to protect Scotland’s children.”

“If you suspect someone may be abusing children online or offline then please contact the police on 999 if you think there is immediate risk of harm, or 101.”

In a separate case, the Post previously reported Duntocher man Iain Wylie was caught sharing indecent videos and images of children after being snared by cops through social media.

Wylie admitted two charges of possession and distribution of indecent photographs or pseudo-photos of children.