August 2017

Lollipop pervert abducted six-year-old girl before stripping her in school cupboard

A lollipop man stripped and photographed a scared six-year-old girl in a school store cupboard.

James Moran, 32, ambushed the girl as she returned from the toilet and led her to the cupboard.

When she refused his demand to remove her clothes, he took hold of her and stripped her.

The child grabbed her clothes back as he took a picture of her with his mobile phone. When he fled, she returned to her class where she told her teacher of her ordeal.

She later pointed out her attacker, saying: “It was him.”

Moran, of Dalmarnock, Glasgow, admitted abducting the schoolgirl on May 2 at a primary school in the city.

He also admitted sexually assaulting her by causing her to participate in sexual activity.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard Moran had been employed by Cordia and had been working at the school for four or five years.

His role was limited to school crossings, moving furniture and litter picking and he had no direct interaction with children.

He was described as a “loner” who had “limited communication skills”.

Procurator fiscal depute Lindsay Madden said that around 10.45am the child left her classroom to go to the toilet and while walking back, met Moran.

He took her by the hand and led her to a nearby storage cupboard she had never been to before.

Mrs Madden said: “The accused did not speak while he led her to the storage cupboard, thereafter closing the door.

“The accused then asked her to strip. She refused to remove her clothing at which point the accused took her by the right hand and removed her pinafore, vest and underpants with his other hand.

“At this point the complainer was naked other than for her socks and shoes.”

He then used his mobile phone to take a picture of her and while using both hand stop operate the phone, the child took her clothes back from him.

Moran heard a noise and quickly left and the child dressed “as quickly as she could”.

The court heard she immediately told her teacher what happened to her and that was a man she had seen in the school before.

Lindsay Madden, prosecuting, said the girl’s parents and police were called and while showing them where she had been taken by Moran, the girl saw him.

She pointed and clearly said: “It was him” but he didn’t react.

Moran was detained and taken in for questioning by police. His phone was examined and showed a blurred image, as if taken quickly, of a naked child in a room with boxes.

It was consistent with the young girl’s version of events.

Sheriff Alan MacKenzie deferred sentence until later this month for reports.

Moran was remanded in custody.

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