December 2018

Sex pest groped teen girl in school dinner hall

A creep sexually assaulted a teenage girl at a school – while he was on a work placement.

Gordon MacKenzie targeted the youngster, who can’t be named for legal reasons, in the canteen.

Brazen MacKenzie, 45, groped the youngster while she stood in a queue in the dinner hall in front of hundreds of others –including parents.

The attack took place during an after-school event that MacKenzie had helped organise.

Callous MacKenzie denied he had done anything wrong – forcing his victim to relive the ordeal on the witness stand at Paisley Sheriff Court.

Giving evidence about the June 14 incident from behind a screen, so she did not have to see her attacker, the girl said: “It was an event at the 
school. Parents were there too. Gordon was helping out, it was about the third time he’d been at it. I was in the queue for all the stuff – the food that had been prepared. Gordon was behind me in the queue. I didn’t speak to him.”

Procurator Fiscal Depute Claire Rowan, prosecuting, then asked the girl if something happened at the Johnstone school she was a pupil at.

She replied: “He touched me. Gordon. On my bum. With his hands

“I could feel his fingers.

“I was wearing my school skirt – my school clothes. It was on top of my clothes and it was only for like five seconds or something.

“He was rubbing it.”

The girl said MacKenzie, of Spateston Road, Johnstone, did not say anything to her before, during or after groping her – and that she did not say anything to him.

But she told the court she looked towards her friends, who were sitting at a table, who had witnessed the assault.

She explained: “I was just looking over to my pals and the people that were there. They were just saying, was his hand on me, and that they thought it was awkward for me.”

She said she felt awkward when the attack was taking place, adding: “I didn’t know what to do.

“I was close to the front of the queue and, when I got to there, it stopped.”

She said her friends were mouthing to her from the other side of the room to ask if what they thought they were seeing was really happening, and that she confirmed it from the queue by “mouthing” to each other.

And, one of her friends, who also gave evidence, told the court, when asked if she may have been mistaken about what she thought she saw, replied: “I know what I saw.”

The matter was reported to police, leading to MacKenzie being detained and charged over the incident and landing in the dock.

Sheriff David Pender found MacKenzie guilty of sexually assaulting the teen, against her will, by placing his hand on her buttocks, contrary to Section 3 of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.

He then called for background reports to be prepared and adjourned the case until next month.