Fife paedo abused young girls at swimming pools



A Fife pensioner, who sexually abused four young girls, has been jailed for just under five years.

Robert Pearson (67) subjected the girls, aged as young as four, to a “horrendous course of conduct” which lasted more than 30 years.

Some of the offences took place in swimming pools in Dundee and Coatbridge as well as on a beach in Elie.

The youngsters were targeted by paedophile Pearson, of Bennochy Gardens, Kirkcaldy.

He has now been jailed for 59 months and placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

As a result of the abuse, one of the victims found it difficult to sleep, suffered nightmares and could not speak to anyone about what was happening to her.

It was only when she wrote a letter to her teacher that the police were informed.

Pearson, a retired financial adviser, told one of the victims that he was going to teach her how to kiss and the 11-year-old was terrified as he forced her to perform sex acts on him.

Pearson, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court for sentencing having previously admitted a string of sex offences.

On various occasions between 11th September 1984 and 10th September 1985, at addresses in Kirkcaldy, Burntisland and elsewhere, he used lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour towards a girl, then aged 13, made sexual comments to her and touched her body over and under her clothing.

On an occasion between November 1988 and November 1989, he used lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour towards another girl, then aged 11, by repeatedly kissing her on the mouth, instructed her to insert her tongue in his mouth, placed his penis against her naked body, compelled her to masturbate him, seized her head and compelled her to kiss his penis.

On various occasions between 1st December 2010 and 3rd August 2017, at various locations including Olympia Leisure Pool, Dundee, the Time Capsule swimming centre, Coatbridge and Shell Bay, Elie, he sexually assaulted a third girl, by repeatedly kissing her on the mouth, compelled her to expose her naked body, touched her on the body, buttocks and vagina and exposed his genitals in a sexual manner to her.

This girl was aged just six when the abuse began.

On various occasions between 1st January 2012 and 13th August 2017 and the same locations as the previous charge he sexually assaulted a fourth girl, who was aged between 4 and 10 years at the time.

He inserted his tongue in her mouth, seized her body, touched her buttocks and exposed his genitals to her in a sexual manner.

On occasions between 1st January 2012 and 13th August 2017, he intentionally caused the fourth girl to participate in a sexual activity by compelling her to touch and masturbate his penis.

Defence solicitor Elaine Buist said Pearson had no explanation for any of his actions and that his marriage was over as a result of his actions.

Sheriff Charles MacNair described the offences as “a horrendous course of conduct”.

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