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Man aged 67 jailed for 10 years for Aberdeen sex crimes

Kenneth Copland Image copyright Police Scotland

A 67-year-old man who carried out a catalogue of abuse against children in Aberdeen has been jailed for 10 years.

Kenneth Copland was convicted of rape and lewd and libidinous behaviour.

He had a previous sexual offence conviction from the 1960s.

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Beckett told Copland his crimes had a "profound effect" on his victims and it was an "appalling course of criminal conduct" which had to be marked with a substantial sentence.

The offences were said to have happened over nearly 30 years, ending in the early 1990s, involving girls and boys.

The judge added: "You sexually abused children - for the most part, you were in a position of trust.

"Two were exceptionally vulnerable children. What you did has had profound and lasting effects.

"The gravity of the crimes means they have to be marked by a substantial custodial sentence."

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