January 2018

Youth worker perv used bogus health checks to grope teens with medical conditions including girl whose dad had just died

A VILE youth worker touched three teenage girls by carrying out bogus health checks using a stethoscope.

Pervert Paul Gillespie, 23, conned his victims to lift up their tops before he sexually assaulted them.

Paul Gillespie

The trained first aider pounced when driving the teenagers — who each had medical conditions — around in Irvine, Ardrossan and Stevenston, sometimes in a North Ayrshire Council motor.

Prosecutor Jennifer Harkins told a court yesterday the girls didn’t think Gillespie, of Largs, was doing “anything wrong”.

She said: “They viewed him as a friend and youth worker. He was in a position of trust and he abused that position.”

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard one victim was groped the day after her dad died.

She told the court: “I was very vulnerable and Paul was the only person I could trust.”

The beast also preyed on an asthma sufferer, 15, after claiming to be worried by her breathing. The third victim was duped into a stethoscope and blood pressure check.

Gillespie — snared by a colleague — was convicted of the 2015 and 2016 sexual assaults last month.

Yesterday the court heard he reckoned an ex-work pal had wanted “some kind of payback” after he complained about her.

But Sheriff Michael Hanlon handed him 300 hours’ unpaid work and banned unsupervised contact with girls under 17.

He was also urged to go on a rehab course and placed on the sex offenders register.