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Paedophile Scot James Connor jailed in Romania

James Connor being arrested
Image caption James Connor was arrested by police in Vaslui

A Lanarkshire lorry driver has been given a 22-year sentence by a court in Romania for sexually abusing boys.

James Connor, from Bellshill, was arrested in Vaslui last August after a nine-year-old missing boy and another child were found in his truck.

The 33-year-old was found guilty on four counts, including corrupting a minor and possessing child pornography.

Connor, who will serve eight years of his sentence, is under investigation for alleged offences in Strathclyde.

A Strathclyde Police spokesperson told the BBC a report had been sent to the procurator fiscal, following co-operation between police in Scotland and in Romania.

Connor is said to have lured Romanian children from poor backgrounds into his lorry with money and sweets.

Police said at the time that a laptop computer had also been found containing "obscene images involving minors".

Connor was fined 2,000 euros (£1,685) as compensation for the only boy who was named in the prosecution, and will also have to pay court costs.

His barrister Ciprian Mitoseru said they would appeal the court's ruling following the "extreme" decision.

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