Fife baby-sitter sexually assaulted young girls for years

 

A Fife baby-sitter carried out years of sickening sexual abuse on two young girls he was supposed to be looking after, a court has heard.

Robert Brown (63), from Ballingry, admitted the offences against the girls, one only being seven-years-old when the abuse began.

He would go into the bathroom when they were having a shower before going to bed.

A sheriff and jury trial was scheduled to go ahead at Dunfermline Sheriff Court today before Brown submitted guilty pleas.

He admitted that on various occasions between December 2000 and December 2004 at three addresses in Ballingry and Lochgelly, he used lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards a girl then aged eight.

He repeatedly touched and struck her on the buttocks with his hands, repeatedly placed his hands inside her clothing, touched and squeezed her naked body and breasts and rubbed her private parts.

On one occasion whilst she was showering he induced her to touch her private parts and then he touched her private parts.

He also admitted that on various occasions between December 2004 and December 2005 at two addresses in Lochgelly he used lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards the same girl.

He repeatedly placed his hands inside her clothing, touched and squeezed her naked body and rubbed her private parts.

Brown further admitted sexually abusing a second girl on various occasions between January 2001 and January 2006 at addresses in Ballingry and Lochgelly.

He placed his hands inside her clothing, touched her body and breasts and watched whilst she was showering.

This girl was just seven years old when the abuse began.

Depute fiscal Alex Piper told the court that Brown had regularly been left on his own baby-sitting the girls.

The abuse started with him standing behind the first girl and placing his hands inside her clothing.

On one occasion when the girl was aged ten or eleven he entered the bathroom and pulled the shower curtain back while she was taking a shower.

He told her to touch herself and then he touched her. Brown would give the girl money after the acts occurred by placing it in her bra or trouser pockets.

The abuse continued until the girl was 13 when she was able to start avoiding him by leaving the house if he appeared.

The abuse came to light when the victim disclosed to her partner what had happened to her and police became involved. They also spoke to the second girl.

She was abused by Brown in a similar fashion from when she was seven until she was 12 when she too started to avoid him.

Sentence was deferred for reports until 24th April. He remains in custody where he has been since January after failing to appear for a previous hearing.

Brown has also been placed on the sex offenders register.

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