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Child sex attacker Andrew Mouat jailed for 10 years

Andrew Mouat
Image caption The court heard that Andrew Mouat began molesting girls when he was 12

A serial sex offender has been jailed for 10 years, following a catalogue of charges involving children dating back 30 years.

Andrew Mouat, 41, was convicted of charges, including the rape of a young girl.

Passing sentence at the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Burns described the offences as an "appalling campaign".

Mouat's lawyer told the court that Mouat continued to maintain his innocence.

At his trial, the jury heard that Mouat began molesting girls when he was just 12 and continued to do so for more than 20 years.

The court heard how some of the abuse occurred after Mouat arranged bogus fancy dress parties.


Prosecutor Alan MacKay said: "He would offer the winner the somewhat dubious prize of going to bed with him."

Murray Macara QC, defending, told the court that Mouat did not accept his guilt.

Mr Macara added: "He denies these individuals are victims at all."

Lord Burns told Mouat: "There was very substantial evidence against you in what was an appalling campaign of offending.

"As is pointed out, you abused your victims - who were vulnerable - and misused your power to exploit them to meet your own sexual needs."

Mouat - who is considered to be a high-risk of re-offending - will be monitored for a further eight years on his release.

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