A carer who sexually abused three children is facing 10 years in jail.
James Clelland, 27, was convicted of sex offences against two girls and a boy – between 1995 and 2004 – which started when the girls were four and the boy, five.
A judge praised staff at the Lanarkshire school – which cannot be named for legal reasons – who called in police when James Clelland tried to lure away a 13-year-old girl he had been abusing.
Clelland, 28, had turned up at the school telling staff that the girl’s grandmother was in hospital and that he had been asked to collect her from her school.
Describing the school’s response as “exemplary”, Lord Philip told the High Court in Edinburgh: “I would like to commend the head teacher and staff whose system of security and vigilance enabled these offences to come to court.”
Jailing Clelland, of Nordick Crescent, Blantyre, Lord Philip told him: “These were extremely serious crimes carried out in a systematic and persistent way against children.”
He added: “That seriousness is exacerbated by your continued denial of these crimes.” An earlier trial had heard how Clelland’s arrest in January last year ended ten years of abuse involving two young girls and a six-year-old boy.
Lord Philip made an order that Clelland be kept under strict supervision at the end of his sentence by extending his licence conditions for three years.