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Ian Kearney jailed for abusing teenage girls in Renfrewshire

A man who sexually abused two teenage girls has been jailed for six years.

Ian Kearney, 49, admitted four sex charges against the girls at properties in Barrhead and Thornliebank, Renfrewshire, dating back to 2007.

The abuse came to light last year after Kearney had a row with one of the girls, who he began abusing when she was 13.

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Turnbull said Kearney had been guilty of "predatory sexual abuse".

The court heard how the abuse of the first girl began when she was aged 13.

Police alerted

Prosecutor Margaret Barron said Kearney had told the teenager that it would be "good experience" for her.

Ms Barron added: "He also told her that it must be a secret or he would go to jail."

The teenager's ordeal ended in late 2011, soon after she started dating her boyfriend.

Kearney, from Barrhead, soon turned his attentions to a 16-year-old girl, to whom he exposed himself.

The court heard how police were alerted last year after the first victim had an argument with Kearney.

It emerged that neither girl knew that the other had been abused.

Kearney later told police that he was "ashamed of himself".

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