April 2017

Rapist caught when girl, four, told nursery about abuse

A child rapist was caught after his young victim told nursery staff about the abuse.

Paul Moffat was jailed for eight years having earlier been convicted of molesting the child.

The High Court in Glasgow heard the 30-year-old had preyed on his victim when she four years old.

The girl described her attacker as a “rat” and said what he had done to her was “really bad”.

Moffat was sentenced on Thursday by Lord Matthews, who described the victim as “an innocent wee girl”.

The judge added: “No child should have to undergo not only the abuse but also the confusing emotions that sort of conduct engenders.”

Moffat raped and sexually abused the girl between January 2014 and April 2015 at an address in Kinloss, Moray.

Previously a jury heard how the child told nursery staff what had gone on.

Prosecutor Sheena Fraser said: “The police were called in and the girl revealed more information to her mother about what Moffat had done.”

The youngster did not give evidence in court. The court was instead shown footage of her interview with police and social workers.

Moffat, who denied the claims, will also be on the sex offenders list indefinitely.

March 2017

Paedophile that raped toddler found guilty

A man who raped a child was caught after his young victim told nursery staff she had been abused.

Paul Moffat, 30, of Hopeman, Moray, began abusing the girl when she was just four years old.

At the High Court in Glasgow, he wept after he was found guilty of raping and sexually abusing the child between January 2014 and May 2015.

Moffat was remanded in custody by judge Lord Matthews and placed on the sex offenders register.

He will be sentenced next month.

Moffat denied the charges against him and claimed the girl was lying.

The court was told that searches of his computer and phone revealed searches had been made for “pre-teen sex”, “Lolita” and “pre-teen underwear model”.

Moffat denied that he had made the searches and claimed anyone could have accessed his phone or computer because they had no passwords on them.

The court heard that the offence came to light after the girl told staff at her nursery that Moffat had abused her.

Prosecutor Sheena Fraser said: “The police were called in and the girl then revealed more information to her mother about what Moffat had done.”

The young girl did not have to give evidence in court.

The jury was shown a video interview of the girl’s interview by police and social workers.

They were then shown another recorded video of her being asked questions by defence advocate David Moggach.

Judge Lord Matthews told Moffat: “The jury has convicted you of a very serious offence.”

After the verdict, he told the jury: “It was a relatively short case, but a particularly unpleasant one.”

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