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Abuser given 20-year 'child ban'

James Robertson
James Robertson sexually abused the six-year-old

A paedophile who blamed his six-year-old victim for the abuse he carried out has been banned from being alone with a child for 20 years.

James Robertson, from Arbroath, who is a known sex offender, will be almost 75 years old when the order runs out.

Last month he was convicted of abusing the girl over a five-year period and possessing more than 3,000 indecent images of children.

Sheriff Foulis also jailed Robertson for four-and-a-half years.

Perth Sheriff Court was told that the accused had "entrenched" views about the abuse he carried out on young children and felt that his victim was "partly to blame" for what happened to her.

Robertson sexually abused the six-year-old and made her pose for pictures and videos before "rewarding" her by letting her play computer games.

'Previous record'

The 54-year-old was finally discovered when a member of the girl's family read her diary and found references to what he had been doing.

Robertson, described in court as a carer, continued to deny any abuse of the girl even after police raided his home and found images of her stored on his computer.

Detectives also found 3,046 images of children as young as three being abused.

Robertson, from Arbroath, admitted indecently assaulting the girl repeatedly between 1 January 2002 and 1 November 2007 and possessing the indecent images of children.

Solicitor Bob Bruce, defending, said: "He does it for gratification and there's nothing I can add to that. He felt that some of the blame should be apportioned to the complainer.

"He stated he had fairly entrenched views about the offences and stated that he didn't feel he was entirely to blame. Clearly those views were not appropriate."

Sheriff Foulis sentenced Robertson to four-and-a-half years in prison, with a further three years on licence.

The sheriff said: "I consider I would be failing in my duty if I were to impose any sentence other than custody. I consider this a very serious matter.

"This offence is at the top end as far as the powers available to me. I consider it appropriate to make it an extended sentence because of the gravity of the offences and your previous record."

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