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Man guilty of repeated child sex attacks in the 1990s

William Dennis
Image caption Dennis will be sentenced next month at the High Court in Edinburgh

A Glasgow man has been found guilty of a series of sex attacks on three children over 20 years ago.

William Dennis, 46, was convicted at the High Court in Glasgow of raping a girl and two boys in the 1990's.

The abuse began when all three were just two years old and continued for a number of years.

The abuse was reported to police and Dennis was investigated in 1995 and 1996, but there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him.

It was only in 2010 after Dennis, a father of 13, of Cumbernauld Road, Glasgow, was questioned in relation to another matter that his three victims had the courage to come forward.

Now aged 25, 23 and 22 they told how their childhoods were ruined by the abuse inflicted on them by Dennis.

The abuse began in 1989 and ended in 1996.

The jury was out for two days before finding Dennis guilty of raping the three children and physically abusing the two boys by slapping them on the head and body and hitting them with a pipe.

Conspiracy claim

Advocate depute Sheena Fraser told the court: "The accused has a schedule of previous convictions."

The court was told he works as a window cleaner.

In evidence Dennis denied all the charges against him and claimed his three victims were part of a conspiracy against him.

He told the jury that he had 13 children and his pregnant partner was in court to support him.

Judge Lord Burns placed Dennis on the sex offenders' register and ordered a background report and an assessment of the risk he poses to the public.

Dennis will be sentenced next month at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Lord Burns remanded Dennis in custody and told the jury: "This has been a distressing and difficult case."

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