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Probation for school indecent exposures

Philip Robertson [Pic: Newsline]
Robertson was caught after a major police inquiry

A man who admitted indecently exposing himself to young girls in the Aberdeenshire area has been given probation and community service.

Philip Robertson, 51, targeted girls as young as nine during a spate of incidents at schools.

Robertson admitted committing crimes in the Aberdeen and Ellon areas when he appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

He was placed on probation for three years and was ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service.

Robertson was also put on the sex offenders register.

'Shameful acts'

A police inquiry had been launched after the incidents in 2008 and 2009, and parents and teachers were warned to be vigilant.

Robertson was eventually caught and the first offender lost his job and wife as a result.

Det Con Christine Monaghan said: "This was a shameful and inexcusable series of acts, carried out at random, against young girls of primary and secondary school age.

"Philip Robertson has caused distress across the community and in particular to his young victims. I would like to thank everyone who came forward with information."

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