September 2018

Fife paedophile jailed after committing sex act on public bus

A paedophile who carried out a sex act on a public bus while on his way home from a programme designed to stop offending has been jailed for six months.

Dale Henderson was sentenced at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court yesterday after admitting putting his hands down his trousers in front of two 15-year-old girls on May 22.

The 28-year-old had been coming home from the Moving Forward Making Changes treatment programme for sex offenders when the incident took place between Kirkcaldy and Leven Bus Station.

He was previously jailed for 10 months in April last year after exposing himself to two 11-year-old girls while working as a store assistant in Windygates.

Henderson had also been convicted after being found in possession of child abuse images, for which he was given probation.

Defence solicitor David Bell asked the court not to jail Henderson as his client believed the final stage of the group work programme would properly address his sexual offending.

But the pervert, of William Street in East Wemyss, was branded a “danger to the public” by Sheriff Grant McCulloch who also ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for the next ten years.

Sheriff McCulloch said: “There is a significant issue which needs to be addressed and that is that you keep offending and doing so by offending of a sexual nature in the presence of young female children.

“This particular offence took place on a bus when they were sitting across from you. They were clearly there so you cannot pretend that they weren’t.

“You have only recently begun to understand the effect your behaviour may have on them.

“The public needs to be protected from this sort of behaviour – it’s shameful, degrading, embarrassing and frightening.

“This offence was also committed whilst you have been attending the Moving Forward Making Changes programme and having been released and recalled in respect of your previous prison sentence which makes it a lot worse in my view.

“Any sexual offender who gets treatment is likely to find that their propensity for committing the crime reduces but there has to be a requirement for public protection.

“Had this been a first offence, I would have placed you on a community payback order but you’ve already been on a three year order which came to an early end due to your previous custodial sentence.

“I have a public duty to do and I must do so when I consider that you are and will remain to be a danger to the public.”

April 2017

Perverted shop assistant exposed himself to schoolgirls

A perverted shop assistant has been jailed after he exposed himself to two young schoolgirls

Already convicted sex offender Dale James Henderson, 27 of Windygates in central Fife appeared for trial at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court  where he faced a charge of intentionally exposing his genitals, in the knowledge that someone will see them and be caused alarm or distress.

Henderson denied the exposure which forced two 11-year-old schoolgirls to give evidence in court.

The court heard that on their way  to school, the girls stopped at the shop to buy some sweets.

Henderson was stood behind the counter of the general store in Windygates as the two girls entered the premises.

The girls bought a few things and proceeded to pay for their goods.

As they approached the counter to pay, Henderson pulled his trousers down exposing his penis, knowing full well that both of the girls could see it.

Both girls were alarmed by his actions and left the shop immediately.

One of the girls texted her mother about the distressing incident. The mother told the girl to tell the headteacher straight away. However, the headteacher said it was a police matter.

The parents then informed the police. 

When questioned, Henderson admitted in court to “not wearing boxers that day”, but denied exposing himself.

The court was told that Henderson had a previous conviction for possession of images of child sexual abuse, of which he had received probation.

After he was found guilty, Henderson was sentenced to a total of ten months of which he must serve half in prison.

He was also told that he must register as a sex offender for the next ten years

The judge commended the bravery of the victims and the courage they showed in court.

After court, a family member of one of the victims expressed her disgust at the local store which serves many children on a daily basis for knowingly employing a convicted paedophile to work there without supervision.