December 2017

Paisley bicycle pervert asked teen girl for sex

A pervert on a bike made an obscene sexual remark to a youngster as she made her way to dancing lessons.

Vile Steven Roach, 31, rode up beside the 15-year-old girl in Ferguslie Main Road before propositioning her for sex.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard Roach, of Candren Road in the town’s Ferguslie Park, had been skulking around on his mountain bike when he spotted the child, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

The girl, who was on her own during the encounter, fled in tears after being left terrified by Roach’s behaviour.

Fiscal depute Colin Wilson said: “At around 5pm on June 14, the complainer, 15, left her home address and was walking to dancing practice along Ferguslie Main Road.

“The accused was cycling his white mountain bike in the opposite direction.

“She knew he was going to stop. She saw him dangle his left foot from the pedals.

“He then continued towards her where he slowed down and took both feet off the pedals.

“At this point the accused approached and made the comment, ‘I am looking for a new f*** buddy. I think it should be you.’

“The complainer contacted her mother instantly to request she come and pick her up because she was terrified.”

The court heard the youngster passed on the description of Roach to her mum, who jumped in her car and went out

looking for Roach.

While scouring the streets of Ferguslie she clocked him on his bike, crossing a piece of grass and went up and chinned him.

The fiscal added: “The complainer’s mum drove along side the accused and asked him if he had spoken to her daughter. The accused attempted to cycle off.

“The mum made further attempts to speak to the man on the bike. She asked him if he had made that comment to her daughter.

“The accused replied, ‘Well she didn’t look 15. She looked a lot older than that.’”

The court heard shame-faced Roach then attempted to apologise to the girl’s mum, saying he was “really sorry”.

Cops who interviewed the family obtained CCTV footage of the incident from which they were able to trace and identify Roach.

On Friday, he was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register after he pleaded guilty to a charge of intentionally directing a sexual comment at a child in that it was an obscene sexual remark.

Sheriff Tom McCartney said: “Having regard to the nature of this offence, I will adjourn sentencing for the purpose of obtaining a Criminal Justice Social Work Report.

“Owing to the nature of the offence to which you have pleaded guilty, you will be subject to notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act.”

Roach will learn of his fate when he appears at court next month.

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