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July 2017

Man jailed over sex offences involving children as young as eight

A man who admitted a trio of sexual offences involving children as young as eight was jailed for 30 months this week.

Barry Richard, 28, was also made subject to a wide-ranging sexual offences prevention order, including the installation of remote monitoring software which allows the police to spy on his internet activity.

Richard, already on the sex offenders register, pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual assault, involving a young man, a 12-year-old girl and an eight-year-old boy.

The offences were committed between June 2014 and November last year.

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Monday, Richard was described as a “very high risk sexual offender”.

When he appeared for sentence, David McPherson said that the attitude displayed by his client in the preparation of a criminal justice social work report put the court “in a very difficult position”.

Said the lawyer: “He had pleaded guilty on the morning of the trial, on the first day of the sitting.

“He was given the appropriate advice.

“Having spoken to him, he tells me his position is acceptance of all the charges that he pleaded guilty to.”

Scott Toal, prosecuting, said that Richard was already subject to a five-year sexual offences prevention order.

And, despite his learning difficulties, he had a solid knowledge of the internet which may give him “further access to contact with children”.

And Mr Toal told Sheriff Iona McDonald that, prior to his detention on the latest charges, Richard “was being monitored as a very high risk sexual offender”.

He asked the sheriff to impose a new five point order.

Under the new order, Richard would be barred from contact with any child under 16 and would have to report the purchase of any internet-enabled device to those monitoring him within 48 hours.

He would also have to make any device available for inspection by the authorities and would be barred from deleting any images or data.

Sheriff McDonald approved the new order, which will remain in force for 10 years.

The sheriff said: “This is a very concerning case.”

And she told Richard: “The risk assessment discloses you are at a very high risk of re-offending and a high level of risk to members of the public, both adults and children.”