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John Rarity jailed for historic sex attacks in West Lothian

A man who had underage sex with a girl almost 50 years ago in West Lothian has been jailed for three and a half years.

John Rarity, 67, was 17 years old when he repeatedly had sex with a 12-year-old girl in Broxburn, in March 1966.

Rarity, from Dechmont, pleaded guilty to sexual assault and underage sex charges at an earlier hearing.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard on Tuesday how Rarity had started sexually assaulting his victim, three years earlier.

He continued to have illegal sexual relations with the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, until March 1967.

However, the court heard the woman did not contact the police about the allegations until many years after the abuse took place.

On Tuesday, defence solicitor advocate Raymond McMenamin told the court his client regretted his actions.

He added: "It was his precise instructions that he did not want this case to go to trial."

Judge Lord Bannatyne told Rarity he had no other option but to send him to prison.

He added: "These are serious offences. I would be failing in my public duty if I did not impose a term of custody."

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