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Creetown paedophile Richard Tattam jailed for four years

A paedophile who abused two girls has been jailed for four years after a judge accused him of destroying the innocence of his victims.

Richard Tattam, 45, of North Marston, Buckinghamshire, committed the offences in Creetown, Dumfries and Galloway.

Lady Scott said it was "a sustained course of conduct involving the sexual abuse of two young children".

At the High Court in Edinburgh, she said he would have faced a six-year term but for his early guilty pleas.

The judge said he had further corrupted the girls by showing them pornography and buying sex toys.

Tattam had previously admitted indecency offences against the children from the ages of nine and 11.

One of the girls began self-harming following the abuse.

Another victim called Childline about five times over the years.

Sentencing powers

When police questioned Tattam, he said: "I'll get what I deserve.

"I'll quit my job. Why would my mates work with a paedo?"

Tattam originally admitted the offences when he appeared at Stranraer Sheriff Court but Sheriff Kenneth Robb sent him to the High Court because of its greater powers of sentencing.

Defence solicitor advocate Ranald Lindsay said: "It is a matter of deep disgust and shame to him."

The court heard that he had strong motivation to take part in programmes to make sure it did not happen again.

Mr Lindsay said he had been instructed by Tattam to express his apologies to the victims.

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