July 2017

Ayr man caught having sex with 14-year-old in flat close by her dad jailed

A man caught having sex with a teenage girl in a common close by her dad has been jailed after breaking a strict order.

Scott Herron, 19, appeared in the dock at Ayr Sheriff Court after breaching a Risk of Sexual Harm order on two separate occasions.

He had been told to stay indoors at an address in Ayr’s Mill Street and again in Craigie Avenue in the town.

But he has been locked up after being found outside those addresses “without reasonable excuse”.

His lawyer John Gallagher told the court his latest offences were “fairly straightforward.”

He said: “In effect charge one he breached the curfew imposed by the Risk of Sexual Harm order.

“Where he let himself down was failing to notify those supervising him. Charge two, again, is a stituation where Mr Herron was no longer welcome at the address.

“What gives Mr Herron his difficulty is the fact he should have learned his lesson after charge one.”

Mr Gallagher told the court that he did not accept a “pattern of offending of a sexual nature”, pointing out his only major offence was in 2015.

He was convicted of having illegal sex with a girl aged under 16 in July 2015, when he was caught on the ground in the block of flats in Ayr’s Duke Terrace – by the girl’s father.

At the time, he told a shocked witness that “fourteen was the youngest he would go to” when he was challenged over the girl’s age.

But he was not placed on the sex offenders register, because he was only 17 when the offence took place.

Mr Gallagher added: “He is a young man – an immature young man.

“He is said to suffer from ‘ostrich syndrome’ and that’s a description I would agree with. He’s a young man who buries his head in the sand.”

The judge sentenced Herron to a total of 10 months behind bars backdated to April 3, 2017.

The court found there was “no other appropriate method of disposal” as they sentenced him to four months in a young offenders institute on charge one, and another six months for the second charge.

Sheriff Cunninghame made no order for Herron to sign the sex offender’s register after his release from prison.