Man admits sex attack on girl (12) in Fife woods


A 12-year-old Fife girl with learning difficulties was sexually assaulted by a male she met through an on-line games site.

The incident occurred in 2005 and it was ten years before the victim could bring herself to tell anyone.

The subsequent police investigation led to Andrew Gregory appearing in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

Gregory (26), of Perth, was 14 when he carried out the attack.

He admitted that on an occasion between 1st January and 31st December 2005, at The Den, Kennoway, he indecently assaulted a girl, then aged 12, by touching her breasts over and under her clothing.

He pushed her and pinned her down. He pulled down her lower clothing and attempted to penetrate her.

Depute fiscal Alex Kirk said, “The complainer was 12 at the time. She has significant mental health difficulties and mild learning difficulties.

“She met the accused via an online games site’s chat function. He travelled to her home at that time.

“On the day of the offence, they went for a walk in woodland area. It’s a secluded area and he reached over and touched her breasts.”

This was the start of the sexual assault but the girl did not tell anyone about it at the time.

However, the incident came to light in March 2015 when the victim spoke to a social worker about it. 

The court was told unemployed Gregory has Asperger syndrome and was isolated as a child. He has no previous convictions.

Sheriff Charles MacNair called for reports and Gregory will be sentenced on 11th September. He was placed on the sex offenders register with immediate effect.

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