December 2017: Now living in Arbroath
Man raped 13-year-old girl he met on Facebook and sent ‘naked selfies’
A man who raped a 13-year-old girl and also sent her naked selfies has been jailed for almost five years.
Stuart Cassie, 21, had sex with the youngster having earlier met her on Facebook. A judge heard how Cassie preyed on the schoolgirl at the home he shared with his family.
The first offender is now behind bars after he pled guilty to charges of rape and communicating indecently with the youngster.
Lady Rae jailed him for a total of four years and nine months at the High Court in Glasgow. The electrician was also placed on the sex offenders list.
The court heard how Cassie was first in contact with the girl in September 2011 via Facebook.
Cassie said he was 18 at that time while the youngster told how she was only 12. They remained in touch before he eventually met the girl in January 2012.
He drove her to a quiet area near Brechin, Angus and it was there he first sexually assaulted the child in his car.
Cassie then in December 2012 took the girl, who was now 13, to his home in Forfar and raped her. He also had sex with her there months later.
The 21-year-old who has connections to Fraserburgh was caught after the girl went to a clinic in July 2013 and admitted she previously had sexual contact with Cassie.
Police later examined the youngster’s laptop and mobile and also took a computer and two iPhones from Cassie’s home.
These revealed “sexual communications” between the pair. Cassie had also sent naked photos of himself and received similar pictures of the girl.
Cassie was later charged and broke down in tears after being quizzed by police. Matthew Jackson, defending, said Cassie had brought “shame” to himself and his family.
Mr Jackson added: “He has said to me: ‘I was the adult – I should have known better’.”
The court heard, despite the girl being “legally incapable of consenting”, she agreed to what went on.
But, in sentencing, Lady Rae said what happened should not go on “between an adult and a child”.
She told Cassie: “These are very serious charges and what makes it worse is that you as an adult maintained contact with a person in the full knowledge she was 12.”
The judge said he “clearly intended” to have sex with the girl and that a social work report appeared to show he “minimized” what went on.