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Guard made 14-year-old pregnant

High Court in Edinburgh
Sentence was passed at the High Court in Edinburgh

A security guard has been jailed for three and a half years for making a 14-year-old schoolgirl pregnant.

Albert Jones, 55, admitted having intercourse with the under age girl, who has learning difficulties, in his home in East Wemyss, Fife.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard the victim had a termination after it was discovered she was pregnant.

Jones had earlier pleaded guilty to the sexual offence, which was committed in 2007.

Passing sentence, Lord Woolman said the victim was made more vulnerable because of her learning difficulties.

You were aware she had dyslexia and required to attend a special school one day a week
Lord Woolman

He told Jones, who had no previous offences: "You were aware she had dyslexia and required to attend a special school one day a week."

Lord Woolman said it was a serious offence and a prison sentence had to be imposed. He told Jones he would have been jailed for five years, but for his guilty plea.

The court heard that the girl had asked Jones if she could use a computer at his house for a school project.

Jones told police he had gone to bed and the girl joined him and they had sex once.

Social services made the police aware that the teenager was pregnant. At first she refused to name the father, but later changed her mind.

Another person was charged with the offence, but DNA tests revealed that the male named by the girl was not the biological father.

Sex offender

When she was informed of this she disclosed that Jones had slept with her at his house.

Defence solicitor advocate Krista Johnston said on the day of the offence Jones was tired after working a shift the previous night.

She said he had fallen asleep while the girl used the computer and she suggested he went to bed.

Miss Johnston said Jones maintained that the sex that took place was "unplanned" and "spontaneous".

"When she discovered she was pregnant she thought the child was someone else's. It was later discovered that the suspected father was not in fact the father," she said.

Jones was put on the sex offenders' register and Lord Woolman said he would refer his case to the Scottish Ministers for possible inclusion on a list of those unsuitable to work with children.

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