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Aberdeen paedophile communicted with girl via sign language

Published November 7, 2014 by JS2

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An Aberdeen paedophile was back behind bars last night after he admitted communicating sexually with a 14-year-old girl – via sign language.

Serial offender Brian Morrison, whose record of sexual offences against children dates back to 1984, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday and admitted being in breach of a sexual offences prevention order, imposed four years ago.

The order, Morrison’s third, forbids him from approaching, contacting or communicating with children.

However, the 53-year-old admitted breaking those conditions by using sign language to send a sexual message to his latest victim as she was standing at her flat window and he was seated in his car outside.

Fiscal depute Gavin Letford told the court Morrison had also been facing two other charges which alleged he had breached his SOPO, however his not guilty pleas to those were accepted by the Crown.

He said: “The accused is a registered sex offender who was made subject to a sexual offences prevention order on September 22, 2010. One of the conditions is that he is prohibited from having contact with children under-17 unless it is unavoidable.”

He said that at the time of the latest offence, which was between May and June this year, the school girl had been at her home address in Aberdeen when Morrison pulled his car up outside.

Mr Letford said the girl waved to Morrison from her window and in response he used his hands to convey a sexual gesture.

Mr Letford said the girl understood what he was trying to sign to her and his actions made her feel “mortified and shocked”.

Representing the repeat offender, solicitor Paul Barnett said that on the day of the offence Morrison had been dropping of his wife of 14-years, who remains supportive of him despite his criminal offending.

He said his client accepted he was in breach of the order, but had not gone out of his way to offend and had made no attempt to approach the girl.

Sentencing Morrison, a prisoner at HMP Grampian, to 15 months in custody, Sheriff William Summers said he had to take into account that Morrison had a “significant history” of sexual offending and that the order was in place in order to “protect potential victims from further abuse”.

Massive hunt as child porn pervert vanishes

Published August 2, 2013 by JS2

Derek Reid: “obsessed”

A MASSIVE air and sea search was launched yesterday after a man facing jail for child pornography offences vanished from his home.

A warrant was issued for Derek Reid’s arrest when he failed to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday for sentence.

And hours later police revealed the 46-year-old had been reported missing.

Former football manager denies possessing indecent images of children

Published June 12, 2013 by JS2

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Ex-Buckie Thistle and Deveronvale manager Gregg Carrol in Aberdeen court

 

A FORMER football manager today denied possessing and taking indecent images of children.

Gregg Carrol, 41, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court before Sheriff Annella Cowan.

The ex-Buckie Thistle and Deveronvale manager pleaded not guilty to three charges.

Defence agent Peter Shepherd said: “He denies all charges.”

Carrol denies that between August 3 2009 and May 20 2012 at an address in the city having in his possession indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.

He is also alleged to have on the same dates been in possession of indecent images of children with a view to them being distributed or shown to others.

Carrol further denies taking or permitting to be taken or making indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.

A further hearing has been set for next week.

Carrol, whose address was given in court as 18 Abbotswell Road, Aberdeen, will not have to appear at the next court hearing.

 

Evening Express

Aberdeen man David Robertson found guilty of sex crimes

Published May 22, 2013 by JS2

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A former community centre manager has been found guilty of sex crimes against children and adults spanning several decades.

David Robertson, 55, of Aberdeen, was found guilty of 25 charges – including the rapes of two women and a young girl.

Seven of his victims were children and the other nine were adults, including two men.

Sentence at the High Court in Aberdeen was deferred.

Judge Lord Boyd of Duncansby paid tribute to the victims for their courage in coming forward and giving evidence during the trial.

He said the court had seen the devastation Robertson had caused to many lives, and warned he faced a “significant” jail sentence.

The relative of one victim said: “The kids got their justice.

“He deserves what he gets. He is an animal.”

Det Insp Janice Falconer said: “We welcome the conviction of David Robertson.

“Robertson is a highly manipulative and controlling individual who has committed a catalogue of sexual abuse against children and vulnerable adults in every decade since the 1970s.”

‘Blighted lives’

She added: “He abused his position of trust and his conduct has blighted the lives of his victims.

“It is due to their courage that his abuse had come to an end and my thoughts, and those of my enquiry team, are with the victims and their families today.”

Robertson accepted that he had committed some of the offences when he gave evidence during his trial.

The trial had begun on 7 May. The jury retired on Monday morning, and was sent home for the evening, resuming deliberations on Tuesday.

 

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