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James Lochrie jailed for abuse on teenagers in West Lothian and Glasgow

A man who abused a bedridden West Lothian pupil before targeting other girls has been jailed for 12 years.

A judge told James Lochrie, 41, he had been unanimously found guilty of "three extremely serious sexual offences".

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Pentland said that the evidence showed he had a depraved sexual interest in teenage girls.

A background report prepared had categorised him as "a high and imminent risk" of further offending.

Lochrie's sex crimes began in 2006 when he carried out sex acts on a 14-year-old, who was recuperating from illness, after visiting her at her home in a West Lothian town while her mother was at work.

Another victim who was sexually assaulted by Lochrie at a house in a village in West Lothian at the age of 13 in 2013 told his trial that the abuse left her feeling "used, dirty, uncomfortable".

Lochrie went on to have underage sex with a girl, aged 14, in Glasgow.

No remorse

Lord Pentland said: "You have evinced no remorse and the slightest concern for any of your victims."

He ordered that Lochrie be kept under supervision for a further three years after his sentence and told him he would be on the sex offenders' register for the rest of his life.

Lord Pentland earlier said evidence at his trial demonstrated he was "a dangerous, manipulative and calculating sexual predator".

Defence solicitor advocate Graeme Brown said Lochrie continued to maintain his innocence.

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